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Mentzelia albicaulis  (Douglas) Douglas ex Torr. & A. Gray
Small flowered blazing star,   White stemmed blazing star,   White stemmed stickleaf,   Whitestem blazingstar
Mentzelia albicaulis is an annual herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
Siskiyou Del Norte Modoc Humboldt Shasta Lassen Trinity Plumas Tehama Butte Mendocino Glenn Sierra Yuba Lake Nevada Colusa Placer Sutter El Dorado Yolo Alpine Napa Sonoma Sacramento Mono Amador Solano Calaveras Tuolumne San Joaquin Marin Contra Costa Alameda Santa Cruz Mariposa Madera San Francisco San Mateo Merced Fresno Stanislaus Santa Clara Inyo San Benito Tulare Kings Monterey San Bernardino San Luis Obispo Kern Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Riverside Orange San Diego Imperial

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Genus: Mentzelia
Family: Loasaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Chaparral, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSAcrolasia albicaulis
PLANTSAcrolasia gracilis
PLANTSMentzelia albicaulis var. ctenophora
PLANTSMentzelia albicaulis var. gracilis
PLANTSMentzelia albicaulis var. tenerrima
Information about  Mentzelia albicaulis from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Range & Description: Mentzelia albicaulis is a species of flowering plants in the family Loasaceae known by the common names whitestem blazingstar,[1] white-stemmed stickleaf,[2] and small flowered blazing star. It is native to much of western North America, where it grows in mountain, desert, and plateau habitat. Description It is an annual herb producing a stem up to 42 centimeters long, sometimes growing erect. The leaves are up to 11 centimeters long in the basal rosette, divided into even comblike lobes, and smaller farther up on the plant. The flower has five shiny yellow petals 2 to 7 millimeters long each. The fruit is a narrow, straight or curving utricle 1 to 3 centimeters long. It contains many angular seeds covered in tiny bumps. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).