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Tufted Wirelettuce
Stephanomeria paniculata
About Tufted Wirelettuce (Stephanomeria paniculata) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Stephanomeria paniculata is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names tufted wirelettuce and stiff-branched wirelettuce. It is native to the northwestern United States, where it grows in many types of habitat, including disturbed areas. It is an annual or biennial herb producing a slender, erect stem with stiff, widely spreading branches toward the top. It is hairless. The leaves are mostly located in a basal rosette, the largest reaching 10 centimeters long. Smaller, linear leaves occur along the upper stem. Flower heads occur singly or in small clusters along the stiff branches. Each head contains 4 to 6 ray florets, each with an elongated tube and a pinkish or lavender ligule up to 1. 4 centimeters long. The fruit is an achene tipped with a spreading cluster of long, white pappus bristles.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Wildlife Supported

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Kodiosoma fulvumKodiosoma fulvum

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 14.0" - 129.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.22" - 4.32", Coldest Month: 32.1" - 49.5", Hottest Month: 55.4" - 75.5", Humidity: 0.84" - 24.67", Elevation: 15" - 5980"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Stiff-branched Wirelettuce

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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