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Chorizanthe parryi

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About Parry's Spineflower (Chorizanthe parryi) Chorizanthe parryi is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family known by the common name Parry's spineflower and San Bernardino spineflower. The plant is endemic to Southern California, where it is found in the San Bernardino Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains and Western Transverse Ranges, the Colorado Desert, and along the southern coast. It is found mainly in chaparral scrub plant communities. Chorizanthe parryi is a small, sprawling herb with roughly hairy stems spreading along the ground or somewhat upright. There are a few leaves up to four centimeters long located mainly around the base of the stems where they emerge from the ground. The flowers have urn-shaped bases of woolly bracts whose points may be straight or hooked, the characteristic which differentiates the two Varieties: The tiny flower is white and sometimes hairy. Varieties: Chorizanthe parryi var. fernandina - San Fernando Valley spineflower, endangered species. Chorizanthe parryi var. parryi
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.8 - 5.9 in (2 - 15 cm)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
7' - 5568'

Annual Precip. ?
7.2" - 37.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 1.52"

Coldest Month ?
45.4° F - 56.7° F

Hottest Month ?
66.8° F - 83.3° F

Humidity ?
2.18 vpd - 34.20 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
San Bernardino Spineflower

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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