Taxon  Report   7327 
Sanguisorba officinalis  L.
Great burnet,  Official burnet
Sanguisorba officinalis
© 2008 Keir Morse
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Sanguisorba officinalis
© 2013 Asa Spade
Sanguisorba officinalis
© 2013 Asa Spade
Sanguisorba officinalis, a dicot, is a perennial herb (rhizomatous) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Sanguisorba officinalis
© 2008 Keir Morse
Family: ROSACEAE  
Genus: Sanguisorba
Freshwater Wetlands, North Coastal Coniferous Forest, Red Fir Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, wetland-riparian
Habitat: riparian, meadows, freshwater-marsh, bogs/fens
Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands
AFFINITY to serpentine soil:   4.2 (broad endemic / strong indicator)   [Safford et al 2005]
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PLANTS: Poterium officinale
PLANTS: Sanguisorba microcephala
PLANTS: Sanguisorba officinalis ssp. microcephala
PLANTS: Sanguisorba officinalis var. polygama
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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 20, 2018).

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