Latin name: Petalonyx thurberi A. Gray ssp. thurberi
  Pronunciation: pet-al-ON-ix THUR-ber-eye

  Common name: Sandpaper plant
  Family: Loasaceae (Loasa)
  Habitat: Dry sandy or gravelly dunes, washes and
  canyons to 4000' in creosote bush scrub

  Blooming period: May to June
  Click for Latin name derivations:  1) Petalonyx
  2) thurberi
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