Kern Mallow
(Eremalche kernensis )

Kern Mallow; Photo Copyright 2003 Brent Miller
Photo Copyright 2003 Brent Miller

Description: Annual herb with generally upright stems. Plant with both male and female flowers, or just female flowers. Both-sexed flower has a calyx 3/16 - 3/8 inch (5-10mm) long, 1/16 - 1/8 inch (1.7-3.5mm) wide, and petals (sometimes white) 5/16 - 1 inch (8-25mm) long. The fruit has 13 - 19 segments with one seed per fruit segment.


Habitat: Eroded hillsides, alkali flats with shadscale. Elevation 224 - 3200 feet.

Flowering Period: Blooms March - May.

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Status: Federal Endangered, California Native Plant Society List 1B

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