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Cistanthe ambigua

Cistanthe ambigua (S. Watson) Hershkovitz

Dead-man's Fingers, Desert Pot-herb, Desert Pussypaws

Portulacaceae (Purslane family)

Synonym(s): Calandrinia ambigua

USDA Symbol: CIAM3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 7 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Nov , Dec


Native Habitat: Sandy washes and slopes, desert shrub communities.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 75 - Southwest Desert Flora (2020) Southwest Desert Flora
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-11-12
Research By: CBR

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