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Caulanthus inflatus (Desert candle)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Caulanthus inflatus

Caulanthus inflatus S. Watson

Desert Candle

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Synonym(s): Streptanthus inflatus

USDA Symbol: CAIN15

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A stout, swollen, hollow, yellow-green stem with few leaves, mostly near base, and many narrow flowers in a raceme.

This weird-looking plant resembles a candle or candelabrum. Wild Cabbage (C. crassicaulis) is similar, but its leaves lack backward-projecting lobes and its sepals and petals are purplish or brownish; it generally grows in sagebrush from western Nevada to southern Idaho, western Wyoming, and northwestern Colorado.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Southern California and southwestern Nevada.
Native Habitat: Sandy or gravelly, dry, open slopes in brush or deserts.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2014-05-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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