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Calandrinia ciliata
fringed redmaids, redmainds

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Arizona and New Mexico.

Habitat: Gravelly to heavy soil, usually where vernally moist, at low elevations.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous annual, the several stems spreading to erect, simple or branched from the base, 10-30 cm. high.


Leaves alternate, fleshy, entire, linear to oblanceolate, 1.5-7 cm. long and 2-10 mm. wide, narrowed to slender petioles, with a few marginal hairs.


Flowers single in the leaf axils below, becoming racemose toward the branch ends; pedicels stout, 3-10 mm. long; sepals 2, unequal, 3-8 mm. long, ovate, one usually pointed, with coarse, marginal hairs; petals 5, equaling the sepals, deep crimson or rarely white; stamens 5-12, the filaments broad, free to the base; style short, stigmas 3.


Capsule papery, 3-valved, equal in length to the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Calandrinia ciliata (Ruiz & Pav.) DC.
Publication: Prodr. 3: 359. 1828.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Calandrinia caulescens Kunth
Calandrinia ciliata (Ruiz & Pav.) DC. var. menziesii (Hook.) J.F. Macbr. [VPPNW2]
Calandrinia micrantha Schltdl.
Talinum ciliatum Ruiz & Pav.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Calandrinia ciliata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Calandrinia ciliata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Calandrinia ciliata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Calandrinia ciliata photos.

USDA Plants: Calandrinia ciliata information.

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