Taxon  Report   6451 
Pholisma arenarium  Nutt. ex Hook.
Desert christmas tree,  Desert pholisma, Dune food, Scaly stemmed sand plant
Pholisma arenarium
© 2000 John Game
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Pholisma arenarium
© 2002 Hartmut Wisch
Pholisma arenarium
© 2004 Naomi Fraga
Pholisma arenarium, a dicot, is a perennial herb (parasitic) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Pholisma arenarium
© 2002 Michelle Cloud-Hughes
Genus: Pholisma
Coastal Strand, Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland
Habitat: coastal
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Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Pholisma depressum
PLANTS: Pholisma paniculatum
More information about  Pholisma arenarium
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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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 15, 2018).

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