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Gayophytum ramosissimum
pinyon groundsmoke

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to California and Arizona, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Dry foothills and valleys to the lower mountains.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous annual 1.5-4 dm. tall, diffusely branched, especially above.


Leaves alternate, linear, 1-3.5 cm. long and 0.5-2.5 mm. broad, gradually reduced to the linear floral bracts.


Inflorescence of terminal racemes; pedicles filiform, 3-6 mm. long, often exceeding the capsules, spreading to erect in flower but reflexed in fruit; sepals and petals 4 each, 0.5 mm. long; stamens 8, unequal; ovary inferior, 2-celled.


Capsule 3-6 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Gayophytum ramosissimum Torr. & A. Gray
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1(3): 513-514. 1840.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Gayophytum ramosissimum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Gayophytum ramosissimum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Gayophytum ramosissimum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Gayophytum ramosissimum photos.

USDA Plants: Gayophytum ramosissimum information.

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