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Pectocarya penicillata

Pectocarya penicillata (Hook. & Arn.) A. DC.

Sleeping Combseed, Short-leaf Combseed, Winged Comb Seed, Winged Pectocarya, Northern Pectocarya

Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Synonym(s): Cynoglossum penicillatum, Pectocarya linearis var. penicillata

USDA Symbol: PEPE26

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , ID , NV , OR , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Sandy or gravelly soil, roadsides, other disturbed sites.

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


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

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