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Desert Combleaf
Polyctenium fremontii
About Desert Combleaf (Polyctenium fremontii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Polyctenium fremontii, the desert combleaf, is named both in English and Greek for its deeply lobed leaves, which almost appear to be pinnately compound. It takes the other portion of its scientific name from John C. Fr mont. It is a small and compact plant native to the western United States. Leaves have forked hairs, and the distal end of the leaf often has a single hair at the very tip. It is a member of the broccoli family, and the white flowers therefore have four petals in the shape of a cross. The flowers appear in clusters at the ends of the stems. This plant is rather uncommon, but is among the first plants of sagebrush country in the inland western U. S. to bloom in spring. It is found on the banks of seasonal streams and similar places.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 7.1" - 22.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.52" - 1.94", Coldest Month: 26.7" - 36.7", Hottest Month: 55.6" - 63.9", Humidity: 0.83" - 19.56", Elevation: 1636" - 8309"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Fremont's Polyctenium

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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