Monday, August 1, 2011

Chamaesyce vallis-mortae

Death Valley Ground Spurge

Low growing, and easily missed, Chamaesyce vallis-mortae is a member of one of the most diverse plant families in the world. This species is found exclusively in California, and is a List 4.2 plant with the CNPS, meaning that while not heavily threatened, they are under a low level of threat due to habitat loss, and could become endangered in the near future.

The leaves of this spurge are heavily tomentose, giving it a silvery appearance. The "flowers" of this plant are in truth an inflorescence of multiple staminate flowers with one central pistillate flower.

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