Cardionema ramosissimum

(Weinmann) A. Nelson & J. F. Macbride

Bot. Gaz. 56: 473. 1913.

Basionym: Loeflingia ramosissima Weinmann Flora 3: 608. 1820 (as Loefflingia).
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 5. Treatment on page 46.

Stems often forming dense mats, 5–30+ cm, often obscured by stipules and dense pubescence. Leaves: stipules 1–8 mm, often nearly as long as leaves, lobes acuminate; blade 2-grooved, 5–13 mm, apex finely spinose, glabrous. Flowers densely woolly, hairs 0.5–1.5 mm; sepals 5, margins fimbriate, awn 1.5–4 mm; staminodes white, 0.3–0.5 mm. Utricles: apex apiculate. Seeds 1.4–1.6 mm.

Phenology: Flowering spring–early summer.
Habitat: Sandy beaches, grassy bluffs, sand dunes
Elevation: 0-200 m


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Calif., Oreg., Wash., Mexico, South America (Chile, Ecuador, Peru).


The flowers are burlike in fruit with the utricle enclosed in the rigid, persistent calyx, the presumed unit of seed dispersal.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Ronald L. Hartman +
(Weinmann) A. Nelson & J. F. Macbride +
Loeflingia ramosissima +
Calif. +, Oreg. +, Wash. +, Mexico +, South America (Chile +, Ecuador +  and Peru). +
0-200 m +
Sandy beaches, grassy bluffs, sand dunes +
Flowering spring–early summer. +
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Cardionema ramosissimum +
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