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Eriogonum elegans  Greene
Elegant buckwheat
Eriogonum elegans is an annual herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.3 (limited distribution).
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Genus: Eriogonum
Family: Polygonaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Foothill Woodland, Valley Grassland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEF + PLANTSEriogonum baileyi ssp. elegans
JEFEriogonum vimineum var. elegans
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Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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[https://eriogoneae.com] Description, Range: Erect, 1 to 4 (10) dm tall, glabrous, grayish; aerial flowering stems erect, 0.5 to 1 (2) dm long, glabrous; leaves basal, the petioles 0.3 to 3 (5) cm long, thinly tomentose, the blades oblong or rounded to subcordate or cordate, 0.3 to 1.5 (5) long, 0.3 to 1.5 (6) cm wide, densely white-tomentose abaxially, mostly tomentose and grayish or greenish adaxially; inflorescences cymose, occasionally distally uniparous due to suppression of secondary branches, open to somewhat diffuse, 5 to 35 (80) cm long, 5 to 30 (80) cm wide, the branches glabrous, the bracts 0.5 to 2 mm long, 1 to 2 mm wide; peduncles absent; involucres somewhat appressed to branches, turbinate, 1 to 1.5 long, 0.6 to 0.8 mm wide, glabrous, the teeth 5, erect, 0.2 to 0.3 mm long; flowers 1 to 1.5 mm long, the perianth white to rose, glabrous or infrequently puberulent, the tepals slightly dimorphic, those of outer whorl oblong-obovate, those of inner whorl oblong, the stamens included, 1 mm long, the filaments pilose proximally; achenes brown, trigonous, 1 to 1.5 mm long. UZ5A1194 Flowering May-Nov. Sandy to gravelly flats and slopes, mixed grassland communities, oak and pine woodlands; 200?1200 m; coastal mountains of Fresno, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, and Ventura cos., California. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 11/29/2023).