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Gruvelia pusilla
little gruvelia

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, introduced and disjunct in Chile.

Habitat: Dry, open places at lower elevations.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Slender strigose annual, the stem 0.5-2 dm. tall, erect or ascending, simple or loosely branched.


Leaves mostly alternate, linear, few, up to 1.5 cm. long and 1.5 mm. wide, the lower opposite.


Inflorescence a few-flowered, false raceme; sepals 5, with forward-pointing, hooked bristles near the tip; corolla white, minute; anthers included.


Four nutlets radially spreading from the low base, 2.5 mm. long, obovate, with hooked bristles along the margins.

Accepted Name:
Gruvelia pusilla A. DC.
Publication: Prodr. [A. P. de Candolle] 10: 119. 1846.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Pectocarya pusilla (A. DC.) A. Gray [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Gruvelia pusilla in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Gruvelia pusilla checklist entry

OregonFlora: Gruvelia pusilla information

E-Flora BC: Gruvelia pusilla atlas page

CalPhotos: Gruvelia pusilla photos

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