Calflora
Taxon  Report   5373    
Matelea parvifolia  (Torr.) Woodson
Spearleaf
Matelea parvifolia
© 2014 Keir Morse
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Matelea parvifolia
© 2005 Aaron Schusteff
Matelea parvifolia
© 2014 Keir Morse
Matelea parvifolia, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 2B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Matelea parvifolia
© 2005 Aaron Schusteff
Family: APOCYNACEAE  
Genus: Matelea
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Gonolobus californicus
PLANTS: Gonolobus parvifolius
More information about  Matelea parvifolia
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (MAPA9)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

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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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 18, 2018).