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Parish's Rupertia
Rupertia rigida
About Parish's Rupertia (Rupertia rigida) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Rupertia rigida is a species of flowering plant in the legume family known by the common name Parish's California tea, or Parish's rupertia. It is native to southern California and Baja California, where it is an uncommon member of the local mountain flora, growing in chaparral, woodland, and forest habitat types. It is a bushy perennial herb producing a hairy, woody stem from a thick, purplish caudex, approaching 75 centimeters in maximum height with slender, leafy branches. The leaves are each made up of three hairy, glandular, lance-shaped leaflets up to 6 or 7 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a clustered raceme of several whitish or yellowish pealike flowers. Each flower has a tubular calyx of sepals and a corolla spreading to about 1. 5 centimeters in width. The fruit is a hairy, gland-speckled, brownish legume around a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

2.5 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White

Wildlife Supported

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Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 2.9" - 34.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.37" - 2.83", Coldest Month: 30.9" - 56.4", Hottest Month: 55.0" - 87.6", Humidity: 1.68" - 37.57", Elevation: 299" - 9978"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Parish's California Tea

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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