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Small-flowered Bird's-beak Back to Plant Page
Cordylanthus parviflorus

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About Small-flowered Bird's-beak (Cordylanthus parviflorus) Cordylanthus parviflorus is a species of flowering plant in the broomrape family known by the common name purple bird's beak. It is native to the western United States where it grows in several types of habitat, including the sagebrush steppe of the Great Basin. It is an annual herb, red-tinted gray-green in color, and hairy, glandular, and sticky in texture. It grows 20 to 60 centimeters tall. The inflorescence bears flowers accompanied by hairy, lobed red-green bracts. The flower is up to 2 centimeters long, made up of a dark-veined pink pouch enveloped in darker sepals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.7 - 2 ft (0.21 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color
Green, Red

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4177' - 7079'

Annual Precip. ?
8.0" - 10.8"

Summer Precip. ?
1.75" - 2.97"

Coldest Month ?
39.1° F - 49.6° F

Hottest Month ?
64.3° F - 72.5° F

Humidity ?
4.58 vpd - 25.65 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Purple Bird's Beak, Purple Bird's-beak

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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