Taxon  Report   9634    
Pleiacanthus spinosus  (Nutt.) Rydb.
Thorn skeletonweed
Pleiacanthus spinosus
© 2005 Steve Matson
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Pleiacanthus spinosus
© 2013 Barry Breckling
Pleiacanthus spinosus
© 2005 Steve Matson
Pleiacanthus spinosus, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Pleiacanthus spinosus
© 2010 Lee Dittmann
Genus: Pleiacanthus
Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Lygodesmia spinosa
ICPN + PLANTS: Stephanomeria spinosa
More information about  Pleiacanthus spinosus
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria


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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: Nov 17, 2018).

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