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Cistanthe monosperma

Cistanthe monosperma (Greene) Hershkovitz

One Seeded Pussypaws, One-seeded Pussypaws, Oneseed Pussypaws

Portulacaceae (Purslane family)

Synonym(s): Calyptridium monospermum, Spraguea monosperma

USDA Symbol: CIMO5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Habitat: Dry, sandy or gravelly soils.

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


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

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