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California Indian Potato
Orogenia fusiformis
About California Indian Potato (Orogenia fusiformis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Orogenia fusiformis is a species of flowering plants in the carrot family known by the common name California Indian potato. It is native to the western United States from California to Montana, where it grows in high mountains in rocky, gravelly habitat. It is a small perennial herb growing from a carrot-like tuber up to a centimeter wide. Leaves are located around the base of the plant, each with a blade made up of a few linear lobes a few centimeters in length. There is usually no stem but the inflorescence arises on a stemlike peduncle up to about 15 centimeters tall. The inflorescence is a compound umbel bearing many tiny white flowers with dark anthers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

5.9 in tall

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 21.0" - 154.7", Summer Precipitation: 1.16" - 5.91", Coldest Month: 27.6" - 40.3", Hottest Month: 52.0" - 67.0", Humidity: 0.38" - 21.12", Elevation: 3594" - 8521"

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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