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California Mountain Pincushion
Orochaenactis thysanocarpha
  
About California Mountain Pincushion (Orochaenactis thysanocarpha) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Orochaenactis is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the daisy family containing the single species Orochaenactis thysanocarpha, which is known by the common name California mountain pincushion. It is endemic to the southern Sierra Nevada of California, where it grows in the forests and meadows of the high mountains. Orochaenactis thysanocarpha is an annual herb producing a slender, often branching stem up to about 25 centimeters tall. It is coated thinly to densely in hairs, often glandular. The narrow leaves are generally linear in shape and up to 4 centimeters long. Orochaenactis thysanocarpha is an annual herb producing a slender, often branching stem up to about 25 centimeters tall. It is coated thinly to densely in hairs, often glandular. The narrow leaves are generally linear in shape and up to 4 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a small flower head lined with purple phyllaries nested in a cluster of leaflike bracts. The head contains several yellow disc florets. The fruit is a ribbed achene tipped with a pappus of fringelike scales, the fruit around half a centimeter long in total.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
9.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 7.9" - 46.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.47" - 2.17", Coldest Month: 20.0" - 45.1", Hottest Month: 41.5" - 72.5", Humidity: 1.31" - 26.18", Elevation: 4818" - 11859"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Mountainpincushion


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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