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Common Stickyseed
Blennosperma nanum

About Common Stickyseed (Blennosperma nanum) Blennosperma nanum is a California species of plants in the daisy family. Common names include glue-seed, common stickyseed, and yellow carpet. It is an annual with small yellow flower heads The heads are a paler yellow than many other daisy-like flowers, and the ring of stamens ooze a viscous white juice containing the pollen. The fruits are also carried in a gluey fluid. The Greek name for the genus means "slimy seed. "The species is distributed throughout the lower elevations in California from Shasta County to San Diego County, but nowhere is it particularly abundant. It is a resident of vernal pool floral communities. Glue-seed is often one of the first flowers to bloom as winter turns to spring.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
10' - 5226'

Annual Precip. ?
8.8" - 51.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 1.89"

Coldest Month ?
39.6° F - 56.2° F

Hottest Month ?
58.6° F - 80.1° F

Humidity ?
0.09 vpd - 26.46 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Common Blennosperma

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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