Calflora
Taxon  Report   6043    
Palafoxia arida  B. L. Turner & M. I. Morris  var. gigantea  (M. E. Jones) B. L. Turner & M. I. Morris
Giant spanish needle
Palafoxia arida var. gigantea
© 2008 Jordan Zylstra
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Palafoxia arida var. gigantea, a dicot, is an annual or perennial herb that is native to California, Arizona.
also called Palafoxia linearis var. gigantea
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 1B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Plant Characteristics
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Bloom Period
Family: ASTERACEAE  
Genus: Palafoxia
Parent: Palafoxia arida
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Alkali Sink

Habitat: dunes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
CNPS + PLANTS: Palafoxia linearis var. gigantea
More information about  Palafoxia arida var. gigantea
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

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (PAARG)

Search the International Plants Names Index

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 12, 2018).

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