Cistanthe parryi

(A. Gray) Hershkovitz

Phytologia 68: 268. 1990.

Basionym: Calyptridium parryi A. Gray Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 22: 285. 1887
Synonyms: Calyptridium parryi subsp. nevadense (J. T. Howell) Munz Calyptridium parryi var. arizonicum J. T. Howell Calyptridium parryi var. nevadense J. T. Howell
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 463. Mentioned on page 461, 462.

Plants annual, taprooted. Stems 2 or more from each rosette, spreading to ascending, 2–11 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; basal in single, prostrate rosette; blade spatulate, 1–3 cm. Inflorescences paniculate or racemose scorpioid cymes, becoming secund, open to dense. Flowers subsessile; sepals ovate, orbiculate, or reniform, unequal, 2–5 mm, margins scarious; petals 3(–4), white or pinkish, 1.5–3 mm; stamens 1–3, anther yellow; style absent; stigmas 2. Capsules ovoid to cylindric, 3–7 mm; valves 2. Seeds 10–15, black, orbicular, 0.6–0.7 mm, shiny. 2n = 44.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Jul.
Habitat: Open, sandy areas, chaparral, woodlands
Elevation: 700-3400 m


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Ariz., Calif., Mexico (Baja California).


Some authorities recognize varietal segregates in this species based on minor characters that appear to exhibit much variation from population to population; they are not treated in this account.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Walter A. Kelley +, John M. Miller +  and John G. Packer +
(A. Gray) Hershkovitz +
Calyptridium parryi +
Ariz. +, Calif. +  and Mexico (Baja California). +
700-3400 m +
Open, sandy areas, chaparral, woodlands +
Flowering Jun–Jul. +
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Calyptridium parryi subsp. nevadense +, Calyptridium parryi var. arizonicum +  and Calyptridium parryi var. nevadense +
Cistanthe parryi +
Cistanthe +
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