Calflora
Taxon  Report   2364    
Cordylanthus tenuis  A. Gray  ssp. brunneus  (Jeps.) Munz
Serpentine bird's beak
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. brunneus
© 2011 Jorg & Mimi Fleige
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. brunneus
© 2009 Aaron Arthur
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. brunneus
© 2009 Aaron Arthur
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. brunneus, a dicot, is an annual herb (hemiparasitic) that is native to California, is endemic (limited) to California.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 4.3 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Bloom Period
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. brunneus
© 2012 Jake Ruygt
Communities: Chaparral, Foothill Woodland, Closed-cone Pine Forest

Serpentine affinity: 5.1; (broad endemic)

Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cordylanthus brunneus
ICPN: Cordylanthus pilosus var. brunneus
More information about  Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. brunneus
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

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (COTEB)

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: Oct 23, 2018).

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