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Eriogonum cithariforme
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Cithara Buckwheat
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Eriogonum cithariforme

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About Cithara Buckwheat (Eriogonum cithariforme) Eriogonum cithariforme is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name cithara buckwheat. It is endemic to the Transverse Ranges and Southern Outer California Coast Ranges of Southern California. It grows in sandy areas in a number of local habitat types, such as chaparral. Eriogonum cithariforme is an annual herb growing up to about half a meter in maximum height with a spreading or erect flowering stem with many upcurved branches. The wavy, woolly leaves are round to oval in shape and are mainly located about the base of the stem. The inflorescence is lined with many clusters of tiny white to pinkish flowers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.7 - 1.6 ft (0.21 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
34' - 8792'

Annual Precip. ?
3.8" - 53.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.28"

Coldest Month ?
34.3° F - 56.9° F

Hottest Month ?
55.8° F - 86.4° F

Humidity ?
0.78 vpd - 37.23 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

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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