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Oreocarya glomerata
buttecandle, cockscomb oreocarya, Sheldon's oreocarya

Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades, from southern British Colombia to Grant County, Oregon, east to North Dakota.

Habitat: Dry, open places in the valleys, plains and foothills, occasionally higher.

Flowers: April - July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Usually a short-lived perennial, the 1-several stems 1-5 dm. tall, with silky hairs and small blisters.


Basal leaves tufted, spatulate or oblanceolate, rounded or blunt-tipped, 2-8 cm. long and 4-15 mm. wide; cauline leaves more or less reduced.


Inflorescence an elongate, narrow panicle, with short, bracteate spikes along the main stem; calyx divided to the base, the 5 lobes bristly; corolla white, broad and showy, 5-lobed, the limbs 8-12 mm. wide, the tube equaling the calyx, with hairy appendages at the top of the tube opposite the corolla lobes; style surpasses the nutlets.


Nutlets 4, lance-ovate, 3-5 mm. long, attached to the style.

Accepted Name:
Oreocarya glomerata (Pursh) Greene

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cryptantha celosioides (Eastw.) Payson [HC, HC2]
Cryptantha sheldonii (Brand) Payson
Oreocarya celosioides Eastw.
Oreocarya sheldonii Brand
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Oreocarya glomerata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Oreocarya glomerata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Oreocarya glomerata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Oreocarya glomerata photos.

USDA Plants: Oreocarya glomerata information.

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