PYGMY PLANTS
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I recently had the idea of putting together on one page pictures of all of the species that are collectively known as pygmy plants, or as I like to call them, penny plants, because it is only when they are photographed next to something like a penny that their true size is shown. Not all plants that have the word pygmy or dwarf as part of their common names are truly tiny, sometimes they were called that simply because they were smaller than already-named related species, but in the case of all the species displayed here, they are truly tiny plants, or at least have tiny flowers, and obviously it is their juxtaposition with a penny that is the primary common thread of this gallery. There are a few pictures shown here with a finger or a different coin for scale. I should point out that in the course of doing this gallery, I have discovered a surprising number of tiny plants that I unfortunately did not think at the time to photograph with a penny, so there are many other species that can be added as time goes on.


   
Pygmy poppy
Canbya candida
Papaveraceae
  Twisselmann's threadplant
Nemacladus twisselmannii
Campanulaceae
  Pygmy pussypaws
Calyptridium pygmaeum
Montiaceae


 
Curvenut pectocarya
Pectocarya recurvata
Boraginaceae
  Guadalupe cryptantha
Cryptantha maritima
Boraginaceae



   
Pygmy-flowered rockjasmine
Androsace septentrionalis
 

Slender popcorn flower
Plagiobothrys tenellus
Boraginaceae

  Many-stem woolly sunflower
Eriophyllum multicaule
Asteraceae



 
Redroot or smallflower cryptantha
Cryptantha micrantha
Boraginaceae
  California draba
Draba cuneifolia
Brassicaceae


   
Small-flowered groundsmoke
Gayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum
Onagraceae
 

Downy monkeyflower
Mimulus pilosus
Phrymaceae

  Mountain madia
Madia glomerata
Asteraceae


 
Bur-chervil
Anthriscus caucalis
Apiaceae
  Littleleaf redberry
Rhamnus crocea
Rhamnaceae


   
Tejon cryptantha
Cryptantha maritima
Boraginaceae
 

Many-flowered monkeyflower
Mimulus floribundus
Phrymaceae

  Small-flowered nightshade
Solanum americanum
Solanaceae


 
Brittle spineflower
Chorizanthe brevicornu var. brevicornu
Polygonaceae
  Western pearlwort
Sagina decumbens ssp. occidentalis
Caryophyllaceae


   
Northern starwort
Stellaria calycantha
Caryophyllaceae
 

Pygmy madia
Hemizonella minima
Asteraceae

  Meadow nemophila
Nemophila pedunculata
Boraginaceae


 
Threelobe oxytheca
Sidotheca trilobata
Polygonaceae
  Small-flowered collinsia
Collinsia parviflora
Plantaginaceae


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