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White Meadowfoam
Limnanthes alba
  
About White Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Limnanthes alba is a species of flowering plant in the meadowfoam family known by the common name white meadowfoam. It is native to California and Oregon, where it grows in wet grassy habitat, such as vernal pools and moist spots in woodlands. It generally grows in poorly drained soils. It is an annual herb producing an erect or decumbent stem up to about 30 centimeters long. The leaves divided into several lobed or unlobed leaflets. The flower is cup-shaped with white petals 1 to 1.5 centimeters long. This grassland wildflower is also under small-scale It is the source of meadowfoam seed oil, which is very similar to whale oil from sperm whales. The fruit of the plant, a nutlet, is 20 to 30% oil. The oil is one of the most stable vegetable oils known and can be converted to waxes and lubricants. White meadowfoam is very susceptible to the Botrytis cinerea fungus; commercial crops were devastated during the 1982 and 1984 growing seasons.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
1 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Moderate - High

Nurseries
Nurseries

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Winter-wet grassy places, edges of vernal pools, seasonal streams

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 14.4" - 77.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.21" - 2.65", Coldest Month: 27.1" - 52.6", Hottest Month: 50.3" - 76.3", Humidity: 1.63" - 26.55", Elevation: 17" - 8550"


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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