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Little Wiry Suncup
Camissonia pusilla

About Little Wiry Suncup (Camissonia pusilla) Camissonia pusilla is a species of evening primrose known by the common name little wiry suncup. It is native to the western United States from California to Idaho, where it grows in sagebrush and other habitat. It is a petite, hairy, glandular annual herb producing very slender erect stems up to about 22 centimeters in maximum height. The leaves linear with toothed edges and 1 to 3 centimeters long. The nodding inflorescence produces flowers with yellow petals 2 or 3 millimeters long and usually spotted with red near the bases. The fruit is a straight or coiling capsule up to 3 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.8 - 8.6 in (2 - 21.8 cm)

Flower Color
Yellow, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
43' - 9319'

Annual Precip. ?
4.6" - 25.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.26" - 3.07"

Coldest Month ?
27.5° F - 53.3° F

Hottest Month ?
52.0° F - 79.9° F

Humidity ?
0.94 vpd - 33.29 vpd

Landscaping Information
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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