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Pilostyles thurberi
Pilostyles thurberi
Photographer: Aaron Schusteff

ID: 0000 0000 0110 1966 (2010-01-16)

Copyright © 2010 Aaron Schusteff

  • date of photo  Jan 10, 2010
  • location   Anza-Borrego State Park (San Diego County, California, US)
  • family Apodanthaceae
  • notes   Aging female flowers/fruits of the dioecious endoparasite Pilostyles thurberi, protruding from stems of dyeweed (Psorothamnus emoryi). Though recently reassigned to the family Apodantheaceae, P. thurberi was previously placed in the family Rafflesiaceae, the only species of that family native to California. The family Rafflesiaceae includes the southeast Asian species Rafflesia arnoldii, which has the largest known flowers in the world --- 1 meter in diameter --- and thus over 500 times the diameter of the tiny flowers of P. thurberi (which are less than 2mm). For a fascinating and highly informative account of Pilostyles thurberi, with superb exposition, photos, and illustrations, see . Many thanks to the effervescently enthusiastic botanist, Tom Chester, for leading me to this remarkable plant :-)
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

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