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Narrowleaf Fringe Pod
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Thysanocarpus laciniatus

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About Narrowleaf Fringe Pod (Thysanocarpus laciniatus) Thysanocarpus laciniatus is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family known by the common name mountain fringepod. It is native to California and Baja California, where it grows in many types of habitat. It is a common plant in much of its range. It is an annual herb producing a slender, branching or unbranched stem 10 to 60 centimeters tall. It is somewhat waxy in texture and generally lacks hairs. The leaves are linear to lance-shaped and smooth-edged or toothed. They measure up to 4 centimeters in length. The inflorescence is a raceme of small whitish or purplish flowers. The fruit is a flattened, rounded or oval disclike capsule with a thin wing around the edge.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 2 ft (0.1 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color
White, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
-3' - 7635'

Annual Precip. ?
3.6" - 53.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.90"

Coldest Month ?
33.3° F - 59.4° F

Hottest Month ?
60.2° F - 86.7° F

Humidity ?
0.79 vpd - 39.66 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Mountain Fringepod

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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