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Camissonia cheiranthifolia (Beach suncup)
Reveal, James L.

Camissonia cheiranthifolia

Camissonia cheiranthifolia (Hornem. ex Spreng.) Raimann

Beach Suncup, Beach Primrose

Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)


USDA Symbol: CACH13

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Leafy stems lying on sand, radiating from a central rosette of grayish leaves, with bright yellow flowers facing upward near ends.

The large knob on the end of the style, as well as several technical characteristics, shows that this is a fairly close relative of Desert Primrose (C. brevipes).


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Obovate , Ovate
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems prostrate, decumbent or ascending, up to about 4 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Southern Oregon south along Pacific Coast to Baja California.
Native Habitat: Beach sands.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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