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Cordylanthus nevinii

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About Nevin's Bird's Beak (Cordylanthus nevinii) Cordylanthus nevinii is a species of flowering plant in the broomrape family known by the common name Nevin's bird's beak. It is native to pine and oak forests and woodlands in southern California, western Arizona, and northern Baja California. It is a red-tinted gray-green annual herb reaching 80 centimeters in maximum height. It is densely coated in glandular hairs. The sparse leaves are linear in shape and no more than 3 centimeters long. Flowers are solitary or appear in pairs or threes. At their bases are one or more bracts which may be divided into three narrow lobes with knobby tips. The flower is between 1 and 2 centimeters long. It is a fibrous white pouch sometimes veined with purple, enclosed in a beaklike calyx of sepals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
2.6 ft (0.8 m)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1452' - 10756'

Annual Precip. ?
8.0" - 44.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.36" - 3.09"

Coldest Month ?
26.8° F - 48.6° F

Hottest Month ?
52.7° F - 76.9° F

Humidity ?
1.41 vpd - 25.59 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Nevin's Bird's-beak

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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