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Yakima Bird's-beak Back to Plant Page
Cordylanthus capitatus

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About Yakima Bird's-beak (Cordylanthus capitatus) Yakima bird's-beak, also called clustered bird's-beak (Cordylanthus capitatus), is an uncommon plant of the Western U. S. Annual with spreading branches, 10-50 cm, glaucous-green or grey-purple, densely glandular- and nonglandular-hairy. Stems paniculately branched; herbage green, pubescent (spreading-viscid and short-glandular-pilose) with long soft white hairs. Leaves of main stem alternate, deeply divided into 3 linear to thread-like segments, 20-40 mm; of the branches entire, few and remote. Inflorescences "leafy" 2-4 flowered small capitate spikes, 15-20 mm, head-like; bracts gland-tipped, of 2 kinds: those subtending the spike 4-7, linear-lanceolate, palmately divided (lobes 3 in lower ), 10-20 mm; those subtending each flower entire or pinnately divided, 12-18 mm, elliptical, acute, entire, arched outward, purplish. Yakima bird's-beak flowers from July to early September. The flowers are purple. It is likely to be found in dry, gravelly soil derived from volcanic rocks, within a few feet of sagebrush.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
5768' - 7709'

Annual Precip. ?
18.6" - 45.5"

Summer Precip. ?
1.31" - 2.53"

Coldest Month ?
27.9° F - 32.9° F

Hottest Month ?
48.4° F - 56.7° F

Humidity ?
1.98 vpd - 13.87 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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