Wildflowers of the Mojave Desert: Anemopsis Californica

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Anemopsis Californica
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Although locally common in the Mojave Desert, anemopsis californica (yerba mansa) is not often seen since it requires wet, shady conditions, and suitable locations tend to be scattered, often hidden in mountain canyons. Flowers have an unusual structure; the conical inflorescence is formed of many tiny flowers, each positioned above a white bract (modified leaf), while at the base are between four and nine much larger white bracts. This species is found in many of the western states, between Oregon and Texas, generally at low elevations.

Species in the saururaceae family


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