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Pygmy Linanthus
Leptosiphon pygmaeus
About Pygmy Linanthus (Leptosiphon pygmaeus) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Leptosiphon pygmaeus (syn. Linanthus pygmaeus) is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common name pygmy linanthus. It is native across much of California, including the western Sierra Nevada, Central Valley, California Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, and Peninsular Ranges. It is also native to the California Channel Islands (U. S. ), and Guadalupe Island off the coast of Baja California (M xico). It can be found below 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) in open or wooded areas in hills, mountains, and valleys, and in many types of habitats including chaparral, oak woodland, grassland, and yellow pine forest. Leptosiphon pygmaeus is a petite annual herb growing 2-30 centimetres (0. 79-11. 81 in) high. It has tiny threadlike leaves. The inflorescence is an open array of minute light to deep pink flowers 7-10 millimetres (0. 28-0. 39 in) wide, with rich yellow throats. The bloom period is March to July. Subspecies. Leptosiphon pygmaeus subsp. continentalis - mainland distribution in coastal ranges. Leptosiphon pygmaeus subsp. pygmaeus - Pygmy desert-gold, endemic to coastal sage scrub on San Clemente Island (California) and Guadalupe Island (Baja California). It is a Critically endangered species.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.8 - 11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 8.0" - 49.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 2.83", Coldest Month: 37.0" - 54.6", Hottest Month: 63.7" - 80.4", Humidity: 0.47" - 29.19", Elevation: 225" - 5807"

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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