Sunday, April 14, 2019

Peucephyllum schottii (Pygmy Cedar)

 3/15/19 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

3/15/19 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA

3/15/19 Shaver's Valley, E. Riverside County, CA


COMMON NAME: Pygmy Cedar

SPECIES: Peucephyllym schottii

FAMILY: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)


LOCATION: Shaver's Valley, Eastern Riverside County, CA

Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Shrub or small tree <= 3 m, rounded. 

Stem: densely leafy, green. 

Leaf: alternate, generally 1--2 cm, narrowly linear, thick, generally entire, glabrous, gland-dotted, resin-varnished. 

Inflorescence: head 1, discoid; peduncle 8--25 mm, leafy-bracted; involucre cylindric or obconic to bell-shaped; phyllaries 9--18 in 1--2 series, 8--12 mm, linear to lanceolate, thick, acuminate, gland-dotted near tip, margins often scarious; receptacle flat, epaleate. 

Flower: 12--21; corolla 6.5--8.5 mm, pale yellow, sometimes distally +- purple, tube << throat; anther base weakly tailed, tip lanceolate to ovate; style branches minutely papillate, rounded-truncate. 

Fruit: 3--4 mm, narrowly obconic, weakly angled, +- black, bristly; pappus of 30--60 fine bristles, 2--5 mm (sometimes also 15--20 slender scales 4--6 mm), straw-colored to red-brown. 

Ecology: Rocky slopes, washes, creosote-bush scrub; 

Elevation: < 1400 m. 

Distribution Outside California: to Utah, Arizona, northwestern Mexico. 

Flowering Time: Dec--Jun 

Jepson eFlora Author: David J. Keil

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