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Eriogonum nudum
bare-stem buckwheat, naked buckwheat

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in southern Washington; southern Washington to California and Nevada.

Habitat: Sandy or rocky places from the lowlands to subalpine.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Perennial with a few sparingly-branched, green, leafless stems to 5 dm. tall.


All basal, the blades oblong to oval, dense gray-woolly beneath and green above with some soft, fine hairs, narrowed abruptly to a slender petiole 2-4 times as long as the blade.


Open, branched inflorescence with leafy bracts at the first and second points of branching; involucres usually in capitate clusters, tubular, with 5 erect, short teeth; flowers interspersed with numerous, filiform bracts that protrude form the involucres. Tepals white to pinkish or yellowish, 3-4 mm. long, divided nearly to the base into oblong segments.

Identification Notes:

Separate from E. elatum by the leaves and flower clusters. E. elatum has large leaves somewhat triangular in shape and green on both surfaces, and it has only a few flowers in each cluster.

Accepted Name:
Eriogonum nudum Douglas ex Benth.
Publication: Trans. Linn. Soc. London. 17: 413. 1836.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Eriogonum nudum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Eriogonum nudum checklist entry

OregonFlora: Eriogonum nudum information

E-Flora BC: Eriogonum nudum atlas page

CalPhotos: Eriogonum nudum photos

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