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Lithophragma cymbalaria

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About Mission Woodland Star (Lithophragma cymbalaria) Lithophragma cymbalaria is a species of flowering plant in the saxifrage family known by the common name mission woodland star. It is endemic to California, where it is known from moist, shady habitat in the California Coast Ranges and canyons from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Transverse Ranges in the Los Angeles region, and the northern Channel Islands of California. Lithophragma cymbalaria is a rhizomatous perennial herb growing erect or leaning with a slender naked flowering stem. The small leaves are mostly located on the lower part of the stem, each divided into three rounded lobes. The stem bears 2 to 8 flowers, each in a cuplike calyx of red or green sepals. The five petals are white, under one centimeter long, and smooth along the edges or very shallowly toothed.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1.2 ft (0.1 - 0.37 m)

Flower Color
White, Green, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-227' - 7635'

Annual Precip. ?
7.4" - 35.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 2.43"

Coldest Month ?
36.0° F - 54.1° F

Hottest Month ?
60.9° F - 78.2° F

Humidity ?
0.79 vpd - 25.32 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Mission Woodland-star

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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