Taxon  Report   6635 
Platystemon californicus  Benth.
Cream cups,  Creamcups
Platystemon californicus
© 2007 Neal Kramer
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Platystemon californicus
© 2009 Keir Morse
Platystemon californicus
© and Buff Corsi 2007 California Academy of Sciences
Platystemon californicus, 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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Platystemon californicus
© 2018 Molly Nilsson
Genus: Platystemon
Subspecies and Varieties:
Coastal Sage Scrub, Northern Oak Woodland, Southern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland
Habitat: coastal
AFFINITY to serpentine soil:   1.7 (weak indicator)   [Safford et al 2005]
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Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Platystemon mohavensis
PLANTS: Platystemon confinis
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. ornithopus
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. nutans
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. horridulus
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. crinitus
PLANTS: Platystemon arizonicus
ICPN: Platystemon californicus var. sphaerocarpus
ICPN: Platystemon crinitus
ICPN: Platystemon acutatus
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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:   (Accessed: Aug 17, 2018).

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