Taxon  Report   3914    
Githopsis specularioides  Nutt.
Common bluecup,  Venus' looking glass
Githopsis specularioides
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Githopsis specularioides
© 2011 Steven Perry
Githopsis specularioides
© 2007 Penn Martin II
Githopsis specularioides, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Githopsis specularioides
© 2018 John Game
Genus: Githopsis
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities)

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Githopsis calycina var. hirsuta
PLANTS: Githopsis calycina
PLANTS: Githopsis specularioides var. hirsuta
More information about  Githopsis specularioides
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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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 16, 2019).