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Piperia elegans  (Lindl.) Rydb.  ssp. decurtata  Rand. Morgan & Glicenstein
Elegant piperia
Piperia elegans ssp. decurtata is a perennial herb that is native to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).
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
Observation Search
~12 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
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Parent: Piperia elegans
Genus: Piperia
Family: Orchidaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Information about  Piperia elegans ssp. decurtata from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (PIELD2)

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[efloras.org] Description, Flowering, Distribution: Plants 13 to 35 cm. Flowers strongly cinnamon-scented; petals greenish with broad white margin, outer and inner white border subequal; lip white; spur 3 5 to 6 mm; viscidia rectangular-ovate, 0.15 to 0.75 mm, nearly 2 times as long as wide. Flowering Aug - Sep. Coastal scrub and prairie, exposed coastal bluffs; 100 m; Calif. Piperia elegans subsp. decurtata is an uncommon subspecies known only from two small populations at the tip of the Pt. Reyes peninsula, California, and separated from P. elegans subsp. elegans by only 14 km. (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).