Calflora
Taxon  Report   6635    
Platystemon californicus  Benth.
Cream cups,  Creamcups
Platystemon californicus
© 2018 Molly Nilsson
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Platystemon californicus
© 2015 Ken Lunders
Platystemon californicus
© 2016 Robert Barnard
Platystemon 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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Platystemon californicus
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Family: PAPAVERACEAE  
Genus: Platystemon
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Coastal Sage Scrub, Northern Oak Woodland, Southern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland

Serpentine affinity: 1.7; (weak indicator)

Habitat: coastal

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Platystemon mohavensis
PLANTS: Platystemon confinis
PLANTS: Platystemon californicus var. ornithopus
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More information about  Platystemon californicus
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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 (PLCA5)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


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: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).