San Benito Evening-Primrose
(Camissonia benitensis )
Photo Copyright 2002 CNPS
Description: Annual, slender herb with peeling stems, 1 1/8 - 8 inches (3-20cm) long, and wiry branches. Leaves narrowly elliptic, 1/4 - 3/4 inches (7-20mm) long, with minutely, sharp-toothed edges. The flower contains 4 sepals, 1/8 inch (3.3mm) long, and 4 petals, 1/8 inch (3.7mm) long. The petals are yellow, then fade reddish, and have 2 red dots at the bases. The fruit is 5/8 - 1 1/2 inches (1.5-4cm) long, 1/16 inch (.8-1.3mm) wide, and cylindric.
Habitat: Clay or gravelly serpentine, alluvial terraces. Elevation 1920 - 4096 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms May - June.
Status: Federal Threatened, California Native Plant Society List 1B