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Plagiobothrys nothofulvus
rusty popcorn-flower

Distribution: Common in the east end of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; Oregon to northern Baja California, east to Nevada.

Habitat: Open slopes, fields and roadsides.

Flowers: March-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Taprooted annuals 1.5-5 dm tall; 1-several simple or moderately branched stems arising from basal rosette; leaves and stems with spreading hairs, those of the stems shorter and softer.


Leaves alternate, narrowly oblong, the basal ones tufted and persistent, 2-10 cm. long and 5-20 mm. wide, short-petiolate; cauline leaves few, reduced upward.


Inflorescence of elongate, often paired, false racemes; calyx deeply 5-lobed, covered with tawny, stiff hairs; corolla white with yellow center, the 5 lobes spreading, 5-9 mm. wide, the fornices well-developed; stamens included, the filaments short.


1-4 nutlets that are 2-3 mm long, somewhat granular-tuberculate; scar somewhat enlarged and medial.

Accepted Name:
Plagiobothrys nothofulvus (A. Gray) A. Gray
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts xx. 285. 1885.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Plagiobothrys nothofulvus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Plagiobothrys nothofulvus checklist entry

OregonFlora: Plagiobothrys nothofulvus information

E-Flora BC: Plagiobothrys nothofulvus atlas page

CalPhotos: Plagiobothrys nothofulvus photos

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