Calflora
Taxon  Report   2365    
Cordylanthus tenuis  A. Gray  ssp. capillaris  (Pennell) T. I. Chuang & Heckard
Pennell's bird's beak
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. capillaris
© 2015 John Doyen
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. capillaris
© 2009 Aaron Arthur
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. capillaris
© 2015 John Doyen
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. capillaris, a dicot, is an annual herb (hemiparasitic) that is native to California, is endemic (limited) to California.
also called Cordylanthus brunneus ssp. capillaris
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   8th Edition

It is listed by the State of California as Rare and by the Federal Government as 'Endangered '.

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Observation Hotline
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point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations



Bloom Period
Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. capillaris
© 2009 Aaron Arthur
Communities: Chaparral, Closed-cone Pine Forest

Serpentine affinity: 6.1; (strict endemic)

Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + PLANTS: Cordylanthus capillaris
CNPS: Cordylanthus brunneus ssp. capillaris
More information about  Cordylanthus tenuis ssp. capillaris
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (COTEC)

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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 17, 2018).