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Pectocarya recurvata

Pectocarya recurvata I.M. Johnst.

Curvenut Combseed, Curve-nut Combseed, Recurve Combseed, Arch Nutted Comb Bur, Arch-nutted Comb-bur, Combbur

Boraginaceae (Borage family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall.
Fruit: 4 nutlets, each coiled to recurved.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Habitat: Among rocks, under shrubs, occasionally roadsides, 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 recurvata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pectocarya recurvata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pectocarya recurvata


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

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