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Chloropyron molle  (A. Gray) A. Heller  ssp. molle 
Soft bird's-beak
Chloropyron molle ssp. molle is an annual herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   CNDDB
State of California status: Rare. Federal status: Endangered.
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Parent: Chloropyron molle
Genus: Chloropyron
Family: Orobanchaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: salt-marsh, coastal

Communities: Coastal Salt Marsh, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS

Alternate Names:
JEF + CNPSCordylanthus mollis ssp. mollis
Information about  Chloropyron molle ssp. molle from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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Chloropyron molle ssp. molle: It is a hemi-parasitic plant that gets part of its nutritional needs from host plants including Distichlis spicata, or salt grass, and Salicornia spp., or pickleweed. (contributed by Cynthia Powell)

Chloropyron etymology:: from the roots chloros, meaning "green" or "greenish-yellow," and the roots pyr- or pyros, possibly meaning "divine," "fire," or "grain," of unknown application. The genus Chloropyron was published by Hans Hermann Behr in 1805. (contributed by Cynthia Powell)


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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]. 2022. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/01/2022).