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Eriogonum ampullaceum
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Mono Wild Buckwheat
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Eriogonum ampullaceum

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About Mono Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum ampullaceum) Eriogonum ampullaceum is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name Mono buckwheat. It is native to an area of the western Great Basin straddling the border between California and Nevada just east of the Sierra Nevada. It grows in sandy stretches of high desert and plateau. This is an annual herb producing a yellow-green or reddish spindly, branching inflorescence up to 30 centimeters tall. The leaves are located about the base of the flowering stem. They are generally rounded, woolly in texture, and just a few centimeters wide. The white flowers are less than 2 millimeters wide and appear in clusters.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
4 - 11.8 in (10.2 - 30 cm)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White, Yellow, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
3409' - 7013'

Annual Precip. ?
5.0" - 12.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.36" - 1.47"

Coldest Month ?
28.6° F - 50.0° F

Hottest Month ?
60.7° F - 76.8° F

Humidity ?
1.15 vpd - 30.51 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Mono Buckwheat

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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