Taxon  Report   6452    
Pholisma sonorae  (Torr. ex A. Gray) Yatsk.
Sand food,  Sandfood
Pholisma sonorae
© 2010 Anna Bennett
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Pholisma sonorae, a dicot, is a perennial herb (parasitic) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America, Arizona, Baja California, Sonora, Mexico.
also called Ammobroma sonorae
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Pholisma sonorae
© 2008 Michael Charters
Genus: Pholisma
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub

Habitat: dunes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
CNPS + PLANTS: Ammobroma sonorae
More information about  Pholisma sonorae
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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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 23, 2019).