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Eriogonum tripodum
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Tripod Buckwheat
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Eriogonum tripodum

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About Tripod Buckwheat (Eriogonum tripodum) Eriogonum tripodum is a rare species of wild buckwheat known by the common name tripod buckwheat. It is endemic to California, where it is known from the Sierra Nevada foothills and northern sections of the Coast Ranges. It is generally part of the serpentine soils flora. This is a spreading subshrub growing up to about half a meter tall and wide with mostly hairless flowering stems arising from a caudex. The base of the plant is covered in clusters of widely lance-shaped leaves which are woolly in texture, especially on the undersides. The flower cluster atop the stem is a head or umbel of bright yellow flowers, each of which is hairy and connected to the cluster by a very narrow base like a stalk.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub, Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.8 - 1.6 ft (0.24 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky outcrops


Elevation ?
347' - 5775'

Annual Precip. ?
13.4" - 67.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.42" - 1.57"

Coldest Month ?
34.6° F - 51.0° F

Hottest Month ?
58.2° F - 76.4° F

Humidity ?
2.00 vpd - 26.54 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
7*, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Groundcovers, 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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