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Durango Root
Datisca glomerata

About Durango Root (Datisca glomerata) Datisca glomerata is a species of plant native to California, Nevada, and Baja California known by the common name Durango root. It is one of only two to four species in the plant family Datiscaceae. It is an erect perennial herb with distinctive long, pointed, often sharply serrated leaves. It is said to superficially resemble Cannabis species. Its yellowish green flowers grow in clusters from the axilla of the leaf, where it joins the stem. A thick stand of the plant can form a medium-sized bush. All parts of this plant are toxic and in some areas it is considered a noxious weed. It is reported to be poisonous to cattle. It is also one of a rare group of androdioecious species.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
7 ft (2.1 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, Green

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry valleys and slopes


Elevation ?
-180' - 7897'

Annual Precip. ?
5.3" - 71.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.10"

Coldest Month ?
30.4° F - 58.9° F

Hottest Month ?
56.1° F - 87.4° F

Humidity ?
0.33 vpd - 38.18 vpd

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Nursery Availability
Rarely 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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