Calflora
Taxon  Report   1051    
Balsamorhiza macrolepis  W. M. Sharp
Big scale balsam root,  California balsamroot
Balsamorhiza macrolepis
© 2011 Neal Kramer
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Balsamorhiza macrolepis
© 2005 Dean Wm. Taylor
Balsamorhiza macrolepis
© 2010 Zoya Akulova
Balsamorhiza macrolepis, 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: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Balsamorhiza macrolepis
© 2015 Aaron Arthur
Family: ASTERACEAE  
Genus: Balsamorhiza
Communities: Valley Grassland, Foothill Woodland

Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + CNPS: Balsamorhiza macrolepis var. macrolepis
More information about  Balsamorhiza macrolepis
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 (BAMA3)

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: Nov 15, 2018).

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