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Beach evening primrose

Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia ssp. sufruticosa


"A short-lived perennial with 2 ft. prostrate stems radiating from a central rosette. It can form dense stands on beaches and sand dunes along the entire CA coast. In Orange County it can be found at Huntington State Beach, especially in and around the Least Tern enclosures and beside the PCH in Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Plants are gray-green covered with downy hairs. Flowers are about 3/4 in. across with 4 bright yellow petals which fade to red, 4 reflexed sepals and two pairs of 4 stamens: a shorter set attached to the petal base, the other set longer and free. The ball-shaped stigma extends beyond them. The fruits are hairy reddish quadrangular capsules less than an inch long."

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California, USA

Spotted on Apr 18, 2015
Submitted on May 3, 2015

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