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False Mermaid
Floerkea proserpinacoides
About False Mermaid (Floerkea proserpinacoides) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Floerkea is a monotypic genus of plants in the meadowfoam family containing the sole species Floerkea proserpinacoides, which is known by the common names false mermaid, false mermaidweed, and floerkea. This tiny wildflower is native to many parts of North America, where it is found in moist areas such as shady forests. It is a fleshy annual herb which grows short stems which may lie flat on the ground, tangle into a clump, or grow somewhat erect. The foliage is hairless and shiny. The leaves are divided into many oval-shaped, pointed leaflets up to two centimeters long. The flower is a cup of pointed green sepals containing three tiny white spoon-shaped petals and a bunch of stamens with yellow anthers. Growing in the center of the flower are the two to three fruits, which are bumpy, spherical nutlets. The logo for the Flora of North America is a Floerkea flower.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White, Green

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 14.3" - 105.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.81" - 3.94", Coldest Month: 26.3" - 40.0", Hottest Month: 47.3" - 64.1", Humidity: 0.87" - 19.54", Elevation: 4138" - 8910"

Alternative Names
Common Names: False Mermaid-weed, False Mermaidweed, Falsemermaid, Floerkea, Floerkée Fausse-proserpinie

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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