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Desert Candle
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Caulanthus inflatus

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About Desert Candle (Caulanthus inflatus) Desert candle (Caulanthus inflatus), is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native to the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States, where it is found at elevations between 150 and 1,500 meters. It is an annual plant growing up to 70 centimeter in height, with a thick, swollen stem that looks like a yellow candle. The basal leaves are 2-7 centimeter long, smaller higher up the stem. The flowers are small, with four reddish-purple petals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
2.3 ft (0.7 m)

Flower Color
Red, Purple, Pink, Yellow

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting

Elevation ?
221' - 5500'

Annual Precip. ?
3.5" - 36.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 0.94"

Coldest Month ?
40.7° F - 53.4° F

Hottest Month ?
62.9° F - 81.8° F

Humidity ?
1.40 vpd - 35.60 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Sometimes 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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