Taxon  Report   5463    
Micropus californicus  Fisch. & C. A. Mey.
Cotton top,  Micropus, Q tips, Slender cottonweed
Micropus californicus
© 2009 Lynn Watson
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Micropus californicus
© 2004 Carol W. Witham
Micropus californicus
© 2010 Robert Steers/NPS
Micropus californicus, 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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Micropus californicus
© 2017 Gary McDonald
Genus: Micropus
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities)

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Bombycilaena californica
More information about  Micropus californicus
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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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).