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Polanisia dodecandra (Redwhisker clammyweed)
Lytle, Melody

Polanisia dodecandra

Polanisia dodecandra (L.) DC.

Redwhisker Clammyweed, Clammyweed

Capparaceae (Caper Family)


USDA Symbol: PODO3

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

Sticky short hairs cover this strong-smelling, branched plant which has palmately compound leaves and racemes of white or cream flowers.

The common name, Clammyweed, refers to the sticky, moist glands on the surface of this plant.


From the Image Gallery

12 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: Southeastern Oregon; east across northern states to Minnesota; south to northeastern California, southern Arizona, northern Mexico, and most of Texas.
Native Habitat: Sandy slopes and flats, common along washes, in deserts, on plains, and among pinon and juniper.

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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0131 Collected Sept. 9, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-26 Collected 2006-06-19 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.5 - Naturalistic Landscaping Takes Careful Planning, Director\'s Report, Breaking th...

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2018-10-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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