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Caulanthus glaucus

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About Glaucous Wild Cabbage (Caulanthus glaucus) Caulanthus glaucus is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family known by the common name glaucous wild cabbage. It is native to southern Nevada and adjacent parts of eastern California and Mojave Desert sky islands, where it grows in open, rocky habitat in the desert mountains. Caulanthus glaucus is a perennial herb producing a slender, branching stem from a woody caudex. The largest of the leaves appear in a cluster at the base of the plant, and are oblong or oval and up to 10 centimeters long. Smaller, lance-shaped leaves appear higher up on the stem. The flower has a coat of thick green sepals over narrow yellowish or purplish petals. The fruit is a long, thin silique which may approach 15 centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Yellow, Green, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4807' - 9073'

Annual Precip. ?
5.8" - 15.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.84" - 2.09"

Coldest Month ?
26.0° F - 43.8° F

Hottest Month ?
49.5° F - 69.6° F

Humidity ?
2.61 vpd - 23.16 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

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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