Polanisia dodecandra (L.) DC.
Redwhisker Clammyweed, Clammyweed
Capparaceae (Caper Family)
USDA Symbol: PODO3
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: 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.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-26 Collected 2006-06-19 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.5 - Naturalistic Landscaping Takes Careful Planning, Director\'s Report, Breaking th...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Polanisia dodecandra in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polanisia dodecandra in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polanisia dodecandra
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-03-15
Research By: TWC Staff