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Petalonyx nitidus

Petalonyx nitidus S. Watson

Shiny Leaf Sandpaper Plant, Shiny-leaf Sandpaper Plant, Shinyleaf Sandpaper Plant, Smooth Sandpaper Plant

Loasaceae (Loasa family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Habitat: Sandy, gravelly, or rocky canyon slopes, arroyo bottoms, scrub.

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


Record Modified: 2020-11-04
Research By: CBR

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