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Damasonium californicum

Damasonium californicum

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Alismatales

Familia: Alismataceae
Genus: Damasonium
Species: Damasonium californicum

Damasonium californicum Torr. in G.Bentham, Pl. Hartw.: 341 (1857).

Alisma californicum (Torr.) Micheli in Candolle & Candolle, Monogr. Phan. 3: 34 (1881).
Machaerocarpus californicus (Torr.) Small in N.L.Britton & al. (eds.), N. Amer. Fl. 17: 44 (1909).
Damasonium californicum var. biddlei L.F.Hend., Rhodora 32: 21 (1930).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Northwestern U.S.A.
Idaho, Oregon.
Regional: Southwestern U.S.A.
California, Nevada.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Bentham, G. 1839–1857. Plantas Hartwegianas imprimis mexicanas adjectis nonnullis Grahamianis enumerat novasque describit Georgius Bentham. 393 pp. Londini [London]. BHL Reference page.


Hassler, M. 2018. Damasonium californicum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 02. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Damasonium californicum. Published online. Accessed: Jul. 02 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Damasonium californicum in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published online. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 02. 2018. Damasonium californicum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 02 Jul. 2018.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2018. Damasonium californicum in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2018 Jul. 02. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Damasonium californicum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Damasonium californicum is a species of perennial wildflower in the water plantain family which is known by the common name fringed water-plantain, or star water-plantain. This is a plant of wet environments in the western United States from Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California, Montana, Washington state.[1][2]

Damasonium californicum is a resident of ponds, riversides, and vernal pools. This is a tough-stemmed plant which may live submersed in water or erect on mud or moist soils.[3] It has long, narrow leaves consisting of a thin blade at the end of a long petiole. The inflorescence yields a flower at the end of each of several long peduncles. The flower has three white or pink petals, each with toothed or fringed ends and sometimes a yellow spot at the base. At the center are six short stamens. After the flower withers the fruits develop into flat, beaked achenes, several achenes gathered into a star-shaped bunch.[4]

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"Plants Profile for Damasonium californicum (California damsonium)". Retrieved 2017-01-26.
"Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - The University of Texas at Austin". Retrieved 2021-03-20.
"UC/JEPS: Jepson Manual treatment for DAMASONIUM californicum". Retrieved 2017-01-26.

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