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Sierra Bolandra
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About Sierra Bolandra (Bolandra californica) Bolandra californica is a species of flowering plant in the saxifrage family, known by the common names Sierra bolandra and Sierra false coolwort. It is one of two species in the small genus Bolandra. It is endemic to the High Sierra Nevada of California, where it is an uncommon member of the coniferous forest understory. This is a perennial herb growing from a caudex, producing a few sharp-lobed leaves up to ten centimeters long. The inflorescence is a tall panicle reaching up to 60 centimeters in height and topped with small flowers. Each flower is a cup-shaped body with five lobes curling back at the mouth. Five thin, sharp-pointed petals curl out from the mouth, each long and green with purple edges.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.49 - 2 ft (0.15 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color
Green, Purple

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
340' - 10557'

Annual Precip. ?
4.4" - 71.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.28" - 2.61"

Coldest Month ?
21.2° F - 61.4° F

Hottest Month ?
46.8° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
1.08 vpd - 20.76 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sierra False Coolwort

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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