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Bird-foot Checkerbloom
Sidalcea pedata
  
About Bird-foot Checkerbloom (Sidalcea pedata) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sidalcea pedata, also called birdfoot checkerbloom or Big Bear checkerbloom, is a rare and endangered perennial herb of California. It blooms between May and July. However, it is an endemic species of California and only occurs in few places in the San Bernardino Mountains, primarily at Bear Valley, Bluff Lake. It grows at 1500-2100 m elevation in moist meadows to open woodlands and the unique pebble plain habitat of the area. Since Big Bear Valley is a resort destination, the birdfoot checkerbloom is threatened by development, vehicles and grazing. Sidalcea pedata grows from a fleshy taproot and can be as tall as 40 cm. It has few stems, which are erect and somewhat stellate at the base. The leaves are basal and are ternately divided into 5-7 parts. The flowers are about 1. 3 cm long and are a deep rose-pink with darker veins. They are arranged in a spike-like raceme, with the upper flowers closely crowded together. Sidalcea pedata grows from a fleshy taproot and can be as tall as 40 cm. It has few stems, which are erect and somewhat stellate at the base. The leaves are basal and are ternately divided into 5-7 parts. The flowers are about 1. 3 cm long and are a deep rose-pink with darker veins. They are arranged in a spike-like raceme, with the upper flowers closely crowded together. Like other species within the genus Sidalcea, such as S. oregana ssp,S. pedata is sexually dimorphic. Other information. The birdfoot checkerbloom was listed as endangered by the state of California January 1982 and by the U. S. Federal Government August 31, 1984. References and
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Size
Size
0.7 - 1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink

Wildlife Supported
 


Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 18.2" - 36.0", Summer Precipitation: 1.00" - 2.47", Coldest Month: 28.3" - 38.8", Hottest Month: 58.0" - 63.3", Humidity: 1.18" - 18.01", Elevation: 6317" - 7709"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Birdfoot Checkerbloom, Mountain Checkermallow


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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