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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Polygonaceae
Subfamilia: Eriogonoideae
Tribus: Eriogoneae
Genus: Systenotheca
Species: S. vortriedei
Name

Systenotheca Reveal & Hardham Phytologia 66(2): 85 (1989)

monotypic taxon

References

Reveal, J.L. & Hardham, C.B. 1989. Phytologia 66(2): 85–86.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Systenotheca. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 11 2017.
Tropicos.org 2017. Systenotheca. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Mar. 11.

Systenotheca is a monotypic plant genus in the buckwheat family containing the single species Systenotheca vortriedei, which is known by the common name Vortriede's spineflower.[1]

Description

This is a small annual plant growing to a maximum of 15 centimeters in height, and easily identifiable with its red stems and foliage and white flowers.
Distribution

This wildflower is endemic to California, where it is native to the Santa Lucia Mountains of the central coast. This is an uncommon plant in its small native range where it grows in serpentine soil at some elevation.[2]
References

USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Systenotheca vortriedei". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
"Systenotheca vortriedei-Calflora". Calflora.org. Retrieved 29 April 2012.

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