Taxon  Report   6635 
Platystemon californicus  Benth.
cream cups, creamcups
Platystemon californicus, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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© Jo-Ann Ordano 2000 California Academy of Sciences
 Plant Characteristics
 and Associations

Bloom Period
Communities: Coastal Sage Scrub, Northern Oak Woodland, Southern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland
Habitat: coastal [Walker]
AFFINITY to serpentine soil:   1.7 (weak indicator)   [Safford et al 2005]
Genus: Platystemon
Subspecies and Varieties:
Platystemon californicus var. ciliatus
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Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Other Names:
(according to)

PLANTS: Platystemon arizonicus
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. ciliatus
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. crinitus
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. horridulus
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. nutans
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. ornithopus
PLANTS: Platystemon confinis
PLANTS: Platystemon mohavensis
 Information about  Platystemon californicus  from other sources:
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website references on Google


Nursery availability and horticultural info on CNPLX

2012 Jepson Manual Treament from the Jepson Herbarium,
University of California, Berkeley

Original Publication citation. on the International Plants Names Index

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Search the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database

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 Calif. Herbaria.
[web application]. 2014. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Apr 24, 2014).

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