(Chorizanthe orcuttiana )
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Description: Annual herb. Branched from base with stems lying flat on the ground, somewhat hairy, yellowish, and 1 1/8 - 4 inches (3-10cm) long. Leaves 2 - 6 inches (5-15mm) long near the base of the plant, narrowly reversed spear-shaped, with a 3/8 - 1 1/8 inch (1-3cm) long, thinly-hairy leaf stalk. Inflorescence is a cyme. The involucre has 3 bracts which are thick, spread outward, and are hooked at the end. The combined petals and sepals are 1/16 inch (1.5-1.8mm) long, yellow, and densely hairy. Flower contains 9 stamens.
Habitat: Sandy places, coastal sage scrub, closed-cone coniferous forest. Elevation 10 - 400 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms March - May.
Status: Federal Endangered, California State Endangered, California Native Plant Society List 1B