Calflora
Taxon  Report   11539    
Cistanthe ambigua  (S. Watson) Carolin ex Hershk.
Desert Pussypaws,  Desert cistanthe
Cistanthe ambigua
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Cistanthe ambigua
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Cistanthe ambigua
© 2014 John Doyen
Cistanthe ambigua, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Cistanthe ambigua
© 2011 Aaron E. Sims
Family: MONTIACEAE  
Genus: Cistanthe
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + PLANTS: Calandrinia ambigua
More information about  Cistanthe ambigua
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (CIAM3)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 17, 2018).

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