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Chorizanthe cuspidata  S. Watson  var. cuspidata 
San francisco bay spineflower,  San francisco spineflower
Chorizanthe cuspidata var. cuspidata
© 2014 Aaron Schusteff
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Chorizanthe cuspidata var. cuspidata
© 2014 Aaron Schusteff
Chorizanthe cuspidata var. cuspidata
© 2015 Neal Kramer
Chorizanthe cuspidata var. cuspidata, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is endemic (limited) to California.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   8th Edition

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point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
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Plant Characteristics
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Bloom Period
Chorizanthe cuspidata var. cuspidata
© 1998 Doreen L. Smith
Communities: Coastal Strand, Coastal Prairie, Northern Coastal Scrub

Habitat: dunes, coastal

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + PLANTS: Chorizanthe cuspidata var. marginata
More information about  Chorizanthe cuspidata var. cuspidata
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
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Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 20, 2019).