Fringe-pod is a
slender, erect annual, pubescent or hirsute at the base that may usually
be found in valley grasslands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral and foothill
woodland to an elevation of about 5000' in most of cismontane Calif.
It has dentate, lanceolate lower leaves in a rosette and alternate,
entire, lanceolate, upper leaves that clasp the stem with ear-shaped
appendages at the base. The flowers are tiny in loose racemes
with 4 purplish white-margined sepals and 4 narrow, white petals, and
the fruit is a round to elliptic, somewhat flattened silicle with mem--branous,
radially veined wings that hangs downwards from the main stem. Fringe-pod
blooms in March to May and is a very easy plant to overlook.
Click here for name derivations: 1) Thysanocarpus
Pronunciation: thy-san-o-KAR-pus KUR-vi-pees.
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