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Cistanthe monandra

Cistanthe monandra (Nutt.) Hershkovitz

Common Mock Pussypaws, Common Pussypaws, Pussy Paws

Portulacaceae (Purslane family)

Synonym(s): Calyptridium monandrum

USDA Symbol: CIMO4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems spreading to decumbent, up to about 7 inches long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Habitat: Open sandy areas, burns.

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 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


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

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