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Rupertia physodes  (Douglas) J. W. Grimes
California tea,   Common rupertia,   Forest scurfpea
Rupertia physodes is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Rupertia
Family: Fabaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: many plant communities
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEF + PLANTSPsoralea physodes
Information about  Rupertia physodes from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Range, Description: Rupertia physodes is a species of legume known by the common names forest scurfpea[1] and California tea. It is native to west coast and coastal mountains of California, and northwards through the Cascade Range into Idaho and British Columbia. Rupertia physodes is a low bushy perennial with often recumbent branches that may form a dense ground cover. It has deep, woody roots and grows well on the dry edges of woods and prairies where it flowers in late spring and summer when few other nectar sources remain available. (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]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/09/2023).