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Spoon-sepal Spineflower
Chorizanthe obovata

About Spoon-sepal Spineflower (Chorizanthe obovata) Chorizanthe obovata is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family known by the common name spoonsepal spineflower. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the mountains of the Central Coast Range from Monterey to Santa Barbara Counties. Chorizanthe obovata grows in chaparral and woodland habitat. The plant is variable in appearance, growing prostrate or erect, its stem up to 40 centimeters long. The herbage is red to gray-green in color and hairy in texture. The inflorescence is a cluster of flowers surrounded by six bracts, each tipped with hooked awns except the longest, which may have a straight awn. The flower itself is 4 or 5 millimeters wide and white to pinkish in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.16 - 1.3 ft (0.05 - 0.4 m)

Flower Color
Red, Brown

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
47' - 4963'

Annual Precip. ?
13.9" - 37.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 0.56"

Coldest Month ?
33.7° F - 52.2° F

Hottest Month ?
65.9° F - 77.6° F

Humidity ?
0.47 vpd - 26.14 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Spoonsepal Spineflower

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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