Common name: Valley Popcorn Flower
Plagiobothrys canescens Benth. APNI*
Description: Annual herb with a number of decumbent to ascending branches; villous with spreading hairs.
Leaves narrow-oblanceolate to linear, 1.5–5 cm long, to 6 mm wide, villous.
Sepals 5, narrow-ovate, 3–4 mm long, elongating to c. 6 in fruit but not thickened and remaining erect, hairy, the tips coppery in bud. Corolla c. 3 mm diam., white. Mericarps usually 4, ovoid with a narrow, beak-like apex, c. 2 mm long; outer face papillate, dorsally and transversely ridged to form a rectangular reticulum.
Distribution and occurrence: chiefly in the Riverina district. Native of California.
Weed of cultivated land.
NSW subdivisions: *SWS, *NWP, *SWP
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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