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Amsinckia tessellata

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About Fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata) Amsinckia tessellata is a species of fiddleneck known by the common names bristly fiddleneck and devil's lettuce. It is native to much of western North America from British Columbia to New Mexico to Baja California, where it is a common plant in many types of habitat, including disturbed areas. This is a bristly annual herb similar in appearance to other fiddlenecks. Its coiled flower cluster holds yellow to orange tubular flowers up to a centimeter wide at the corolla, which often has fewer than five lobes.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.7 - 3.9 ft (0.21 - 1.2 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, Orange

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Disturbed places


Elevation ?
40' - 7372'

Annual Precip. ?
3.3" - 33.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 2.93"

Coldest Month ?
29.3° F - 62.4° F

Hottest Month ?
59.2° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
0.70 vpd - 42.79 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Bristly Fiddleneck, Devil's Lettuce

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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