White Fiesta Flower, White Fiestaflower

Pholistoma membranaceum

Pholistoma membranaceum

Color: White

Common name: White Fiesta Flower, White Fiestaflower

Latin name: Pholistoma membranaceum

Family: HYDROPHYLLACEAE

Height: 2-35 inches

Description: Pholistoma membranaceum is an annual herb with a waxy, fleshy, bristly stem and branching profusely, sometimes forming a tangle. The inflorescence bears 2 to 10 flowers each under a centimeter wide. The flower is white, usually with a purple spot or streak on each of its five lobes.

Leaf: The leaves are deeply lobed or cut and borne on winged stalks. The foliage is coated in hairs.

Range: Desert, c&s Sierra Nevada Foothills, Tehachapi Mountain Area, San Joaquin Valley, Central Western California, Southwestern California

Habitat: Desert washes, beaches, bluffs, ravines, wooded slopes

Elevation: 40–1400 m.

Flowering time: Mar–May

Notes: Pholistoma membranaceum is a dicot that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Distribution outside California: Baja California. This photo was taken on April 6, 2005 in the Providence Mountains, Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, California.

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