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Camissonia brevipes (Yellow cups)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Camissonia brevipes

Camissonia brevipes (A. Gray) P.H. Raven

Yellow Cups, Desert Primrose

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)


USDA Symbol: CABR23

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A nearly leafless, reddish stem growing from a basal rosette of leaves and bearing a broad raceme of bright yellow flowers just below the drooping top.

This species blooms at sunrise rather than sunset. All Camissonia have a knob on the style, a feature that separates these species from the genus Oenothera, in which they once were placed.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Southwestern Utah south to western Arizona and southeastern California.
Native Habitat: Desert slopes and washes.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Camissonia brevipes in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Camissonia brevipes in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Camissonia brevipes


Record Modified: 2008-12-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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