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Dithyrea californica (California shieldpod)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Dithyrea californica

Dithyrea californica Harv.

California Shieldpod, California Spectacle Pod

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)


USDA Symbol: DICA7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Dithyrea californica has sepals and anthers held erect and shallowly lobed, yellow-green leaves. It occurs from southern Nevada and southeastern California to western Arizona and northwestern Mexico. It is visually similar to Dimorphocarpa wislizeni.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Silicle
Size Notes: Up to about 28 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: White to pale lavender.



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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-03-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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