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Atrichoseris platyphylla
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Tobacco Weed
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Atrichoseris platyphylla

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About Tobacco Weed (Atrichoseris platyphylla) Atrichoseris is a genus of plants in the dandelion family. It contains only one known species, Atrichoseris platyphylla, known by the common names tobacco weed, parachute plant, and gravel ghost. Atrichoseris platyphylla is native to the deserts of the southwestern United States (southern California, Arizona, Nevada and the southwestern corner of Utah) and northwestern Mexico (Sonora, Baja California). It produces a low basal rosette of rounded leaves patterned with gray-green and purple patches at ground level. It sends up a weedy-looking thin branching stem topped with a number of attractive, fragrant white or pink-tinged flowers, the layered ray florets rectangular and toothed.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Flower Color
Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-280' - 5628'

Annual Precip. ?
1.8" - 11.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.29" - 2.10"

Coldest Month ?
38.0° F - 64.0° F

Hottest Month ?
64.3° F - 91.0° F

Humidity ?
4.52 vpd - 49.17 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Parachute Plant, Gravel Ghost

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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