Calflora
Taxon  Report   6451    
Pholisma arenarium  Nutt. ex Hook.
Desert christmas tree,  Desert pholisma, Dune food, Scaly stemmed sand plant
Pholisma arenarium
© 2002 Michelle Cloud-Hughes
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
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
© 2000 John Game
Communities: Coastal Strand, Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland

Habitat: coastal

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Pholisma depressum
PLANTS: Pholisma paniculatum
More information about  Pholisma arenarium
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (PHAR5)

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: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Oct 21, 2018).

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