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Short-flower Wild Buckwheat Back to Plant Page
Eriogonum brachyanthum

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About Short-flower Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum brachyanthum) Eriogonum brachyanthum is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name shortflower buckwheat. It is native to eastern California and western Nevada, particularly the Mojave Desert region, where it is common to abundant, and even sometimes weedy. It is also known from southern Oregon. The plant grows in sandy habitat, such as desert flats and sagebrush. It is an annual herb reaching 30 to 40 centimeters tall. The woolly leaves are oval or rounded and are located about the base of the stem. The top of the stem is occupied by a branching inflorescence bearing many widely spaced clusters of flowers. Each individual flower is about a millimeter wide and light yellow in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1 - 1.3 ft (0.3 - 0.4 m)

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
161' - 9431'

Annual Precip. ?
3.2" - 21.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.23" - 1.83"

Coldest Month ?
26.3° F - 59.3° F

Hottest Month ?
52.9° F - 88.4° F

Humidity ?
1.57 vpd - 39.51 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Shortflower Buckwheat

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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