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Caulanthus coulteri
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Caulanthus coulteri is a species of flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae known by the common name Coulter's wild cabbage.

It is endemic to California, where it is a widespread member of the flora in several dry, open habitat types, such as chaparral and Mojave Desert.


Caulanthus coulteri is a 100–1,600 millimetres (4–63 in) tall annual herb producing a slender, branching stem lined with generally lance-shaped leaves which may be smooth to sharply sawtoothed along the edges.

The widely spaced flowers are somewhat bullet-shaped with coats of pouched sepals which are bright to deep purple when new and fade to yellow-green. The sepals open to reveal dark-veined petal tips with wavy margins.

The fruit is a long, thin silique which may approach 13 centimeters in length.

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