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Piute Buckwheat
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Eriogonum breedlovei

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About Piute Buckwheat (Eriogonum breedlovei) Eriogonum breedlovei is a rare species of wild buckwheat known by the common name Paiute buckwheat. It is endemic to the High Sierra Nevada of California, where its two varieties are uncommon members of the flora in granite and limestone rocky high mountain habitat. This is a perennial herb forming low mats of spreading stems lined with woolly oval leaves no longer than about a centimeter. The flower cluster is a cluster of tiny white to reddish, hairy flowers. Both varieties of this species are rare. The var. breedlovei, Breedlove's buckwheat, is endemic to the Piute Mountains of Kern County, California, where only a few occurrences are known. The var. shevockii, Shevock's buckwheat or The Needles buckwheat, can be found on a few Sierra peaks, including The Needles, in Kern and Tulare Counties.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.8 - 3.6 in (2 - 9.1 cm)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Granite or limestone places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
4810' - 8649'

Annual Precip. ?
11.0" - 51.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.40" - 2.34"

Coldest Month ?
30.3° F - 45.9° F

Hottest Month ?
51.8° F - 67.7° F

Humidity ?
2.09 vpd - 22.07 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Paiute Buckwheat, Needle's 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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