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Douglas' Spineflower
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About Douglas' Spineflower (Chorizanthe douglasii) Chorizanthe douglasii, San Benito spineflower, is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family known by the common name Douglas' spineflower. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the mountains of the Central Coast Range from the Santa Lucia Range east to the Gabilan Range. It is an erect herb producing a hairy stem up to about half a meter in maximum height. The leaves are up to 4 centimeters long and mainly arranged about the base of the plant, with a whorl of leaves at the middle of the stem as well. The inflorescence is a cluster of flowers, each surrounded by six purple to bright pink bracts which may be all fused together. The bracts are tipped in straight awns. The flower itself is 3 or 4 millimeters wide and white or pink in color. It is an erect herb producing a hairy stem up to about half a meter in maximum height. The leaves are up to 4 centimeters long and mainly arranged about the base of the plant, with a whorl of leaves at the middle of the stem as well. The inflorescence is a cluster of flowers, each surrounded by six purple to bright pink bracts which may be all fused together. The bracts are tipped in straight awns. The flower itself is 3 or 4 millimeters wide and white or pink in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-639' - 5059'

Annual Precip. ?
9.5" - 52.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 0.62"

Coldest Month ?
39.8° F - 53.2° F

Hottest Month ?
58.8° F - 77.4° F

Humidity ?
0.66 vpd - 25.87 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Nurseries

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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