Yellow cups

Camissonia brevipes

Camissonia brevipes

Color: Yellow

Common name: Yellow cups

Latin name: Camissonia brevipes


Height: 1-24 inches tall

Description: Inflorescence nodding, petals 3–18 mm, petals yellow, bases ± red-dotted;

Leaf: Basal rosette

Range: Desert

Habitat: Sandy or rocky slopes, washes, creosote-bush scrub, Joshua-tree woodland

Elevation: -70–1800 m.

Flowering time: Mar-May

Notes: Photographed Feb. 8, 2004, Johnson Valley, north of Lucerne Valley, San Bernardino County, Calif. Common dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Distribution outside California: to w&s Nevada, sw Utah, w Arizona. In years with just the right amount of rainfall, the landscape can be carpeted with this wonderful yellow flower.

Yellow cups

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