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Camissoniopsis pallida

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About Paleyellow Suncup (Camissoniopsis pallida) Camissonia pallida is a species of evening primrose known by the common name pale yellow suncup. It is native to the desert and scrub habitat of the region where Arizona, California, and Nevada meet. It is a roughly hairy annual herb growing in a low patch on the ground, sometimes producing an erect stem from the basal rosette. The herbage is gray-green to reddish green. The leaves are lance-shaped and up to 3 centimeters long. The nodding flower cluster produces flowers with yellow petals 2 to 13 millimeters long, each with small red markings near the bases. The fruit is a straight to tightly coiled capsule.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
2 ft (0.6 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Desert slopes, flats, washes,

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
-15' - 8174'

Annual Precip. ?
3.0" - 24.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.22" - 2.23"

Coldest Month ?
37.7° F - 59.5° F

Hottest Month ?
60.5° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
2.49 vpd - 39.46 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Camissonia pallida

Common Names
Pale Yellow Suncup

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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