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Pectocarya heterocarpa

Pectocarya heterocarpa (I.M. Johnst.) I.M. Johnst.

Chuckwalla Combseed, Chuckwalla Pectocarya, Mixed-nut Pectocarya, Hairy Leaved Comb Bur

Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Synonym(s): Pectocarya penicillata var. heterocarpa


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Stems prostrate to ascending, up to about 10 inches long.
Fruit: 4 nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Habitat: Dry, gravelly, sandy slopes, valleys, washes, roadsides, openings in creosote-bush scrub, joshua tree woodlands.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-03-02
Research By: CBR

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