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Pectocarya setosa

Pectocarya setosa A. Gray

Moth Combseed, Bristly Combseed, Stiff Stemmed Comb Bur, Stiff-stemmed Comb-bur, Round-nut Pectocarya

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 10 inches tall.
Fruit: 4 nutlets.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , ID , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA
Native Habitat: Gravelly openings in sagebrush scrub, creosote-bush scrub, pinyon-juniper woodlands, grasslands.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 85 - OregonFlora (2020) Oregon State University
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


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

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