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Proboscidea althaeifolia  (Benth.) Decne.
Desert devil's claw,   Desert unicorn plant
Proboscidea althaeifolia is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found in Baja California; Sonora, Mexico and Arizona.
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.3 (limited distribution).
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yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
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Genus: Proboscidea
Family: Martyniaceae  
(Pedaliaceae)
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSMartynia althaeifolia
PLANTSMartynia arenaria
JEFProboscidea altheaefolia
PLANTSProboscidea arenaria
Information about  Proboscidea althaeifolia from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (PRAL4)

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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]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 02/07/2023).