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Hairy Bird's Beak
Cordylanthus pilosus
About Hairy Bird's Beak (Cordylanthus pilosus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cordylanthus pilosus is a species of flowering plant in the broomrape family known by the common name hairy bird's beak. It is endemic to the mountain ranges and foothills of northern California, where it grows in woodland and chaparral habitat, often on serpentine soils. There are three subspecies, each mainly limited to a different section of mountains. In general this annual herb is erect and branching, reaching a maximum height anywhere between 20 centimeters and 1.2 meters. It is purple-tinted gray-green in color and usually quite hairy in texture, the hairs sometimes associated with sticky glands. The branches have sparse tufts of small linear leaves. The flowers of the flower cluster have leafs which may be linear in shape or lobed, each lobe knobby or notched. The flower is up to 2 centimeters long and has a whitish pouch marked with yellow and purple enclosed in hairy sepals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.7 - 4 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open slopes

Annual Precipitation: 13.1" - 103.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 3.56", Coldest Month: 34.0" - 52.0", Hottest Month: 54.3" - 79.3", Humidity: 0.48" - 25.72", Elevation: 7" - 6577"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Hairy 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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