California Mustard

Common Names:
California Mustard
Scientific name:
Caulanthus lasiophyllus
Elevation range:
500 - 5,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
2 - 4 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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California Mustard in the desert

Mature flowers of Caulanthus lasiophyllus hang as pendants with exserted style as the fruit is forming.  Pioneertown, CA | March 1, 2016    

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California Mustard in the desert

Caulanthus lasiophyllus has large, lobed leaves with teeth on the margins. The inflorescence is comparatively small.  Pioneertown, CA | March 10, 2016    

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California Mustard in the desert

Caulanthus lasiophyllus white flowers with four petals. This plant belongs to the Brassicaceae (Mustard) family whose characteristic parts are in multiples of four. Pioneertown, CA | March 2015     

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California Mustard in the desert

Caulanthus lasiophyllus growing in protective shade. Pioneertown March 2016