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Parish's Wire Lettuce
Stephanomeria pauciflora
About Parish's Wire Lettuce (Stephanomeria pauciflora) Nurseries Show All Photos Stephanomeria pauciflora is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names brownplume wirelettuce, few-flowered wirelettuce, and prairie skeletonplant. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it grows in many types of habitat, including many desert areas, woodlands, and plains. It is a perennial herb or bushy subshrub producing one or more sturdy, stiff stems with many spreading branches, taking a rounded but vertical form. The leaves are mostly basal and ephemeral, with smaller, scale-like leaves occurring on the upper stem. Flower heads occur at intervals along the mostly naked stems, especially near the tips. Each has a cylindrical base covered in hairless phyllaries. It contains 3 to 6 florets, each with an elongated tube and a flat pink ligule. The fruit is an achene tipped with a spreading cluster of plumelike pappus bristles. These are usually brownish, but are sometimes white.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
2 ft (0.6 m)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry rocky slopes


Elevation ?
-192' - 9328'

Annual Precip. ?
2.3" - 45.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 2.84"

Coldest Month ?
25.3° F - 64.2° F

Hottest Month ?
49.4° F - 90.5° F

Humidity ?
1.29 vpd - 48.65 vpd

Butterflies ?

Kodiosoma fulvum Image
Kodiosoma fulvumKodiosoma fulvum
Cucullia eulepis Image
Cucullia eulepisCucullia eulepis
Schinia scarletina Image
Schinia scarletinaSchinia scarletina
Cucullia mcdunnoughi Image
Cucullia mcdunnoughiCucullia mcdunnoughi

Landscaping Information
Other Names
Botanical Names
Stephanomeria pauciflora var. parishii,Stephanomeria pauciflora var. pauciflora

Common Names
Brownplume Wirelettuce, Few-flowered Wirelettuce, Prairie Skeletonplant, Wire-lettuce

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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