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Stephanomeria virgata

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About Virgate Stephanomeria (Stephanomeria virgata) Stephanomeria virgata, commonly called rod wirelettuce, twiggy wreath plant, and virgate wirelettuce, is a herbaceous annual plant of the sunflower family, Asteraceae. It can be found growing in Western North America, specifically California, but also in Oregon and Nevada and northern Mexico. This plant can be found in dry, open habitat types at elevations below 2100 meters. S. virgata is sometimes used as an ornamental plant. Stephanomeria virgata is an annual plant and grows 5 to 30 centimeters tall. The stem may be hairless or woolly. It is long and has dense branches. Leaves on the lower plant are rosetted around the base. They are oblong and lobed. On the upper plant the leaves are small, linear in shape, and smooth edged without lobes. Flower heads occur at intervals on the branches and contain 5 to 9 ray florets. The fruit is an achene with a pappus of white bristles. Early Classification. Stephanomeria virgata formerly included plants that now belong to the species Stephanomeria diegensis.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1.9 - 11.8 in (4.8 - 30 cm)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry flats, deserts


Elevation ?
1' - 8798'

Annual Precip. ?
6.4" - 67.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 2.94"

Coldest Month ?
25.4° F - 56.9° F

Hottest Month ?
55.2° F - 83.7° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 35.21 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Rod Wirelettuce

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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