Pinnate Leaved Primrose

Common Names:
Pinnate Leaved Primrose
Scientific name:
Chylismia claviformis ssp. aurantiaca
Elevation range:
-150 - 5,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
February, March, April, May
Height | Length:
< 3 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual, Perennial
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Pinnate Leaved Primrose in the desert

Chylismia claviformis ssp. aurantica is an annual herb with a basal rosette of pinnately divided leaves. It has a nodding inflorescence and the flowers have 4 white petals (sometimes light pink) with a dark spot at the base.  Kramer Junction, CA | March 2014

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Pinnate Leaved Primrose in the desert

Closeup of Chylismia claviformis ssp. aurantica leaves and reddish stem. Pioneertown, CA | October 2015

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Pinnate Leaved Primrose in the desert

The fruit of Chylismia claviformis ssp. aurantica is ascending and green or deep red in color. Amboy, CA | April 2014