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Canbya aurea

golden canbya, golden pygmypoppy, yellow pygmy-poppy

pygmy poppy, white pygmy-poppy

Habit Plants 1-2 cm. Plants 1-3 cm.

3-10 mm.

5-9 mm.


peduncle 1-6 cm.

peduncle 1-2 cm.


sepals 2 mm;

petals deciduous, 6, bright yellow, broadly ovate, 3-4 mm;

stamens 6-15;

filaments longer than anthers.

sepals 2 mm;

petals marcescent, 5-7, white, elliptic, 3-4 mm;

stamens 6-9;

filaments shorter than anthers.


2-4 mm.

1.5-2.5 mm.


= 16.

= 16.

Canbya aurea

Canbya candida

Phenology Flowering Apr–Jul. Flowering Apr–Jun.
Habitat Dry, sandy ground, usually with sagebrush Dry, sandy ground
Elevation 900-1700 m (3000-5600 ft) 600-1200 m (2000-3900 ft)
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Of conservation concern.

Canbya candida has been found only in the western Mojave Desert.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 3. FNA vol. 3.
Parent taxa Papaveraceae > Canbya Papaveraceae > Canbya
Sibling taxa
C. candida
C. aurea
Name authority S. Watson: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 21: 445. (1886) Parry ex A. Gray: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 12: 51, plate 1. (1876)
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