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Eriogonum cithariforme
Scientific classification

Eriogonum cithariforme is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name cithara buckwheat.

It is endemic to the Transverse Ranges and Southern Outer California Coast Ranges of Southern California. It grows in sandy areas in a number of local habitat types, such as chaparral.


Eriogonum cithariforme is an annual herb growing up to about half a meter in maximum height with a spreading or erect flowering stem with many upcurved branches.

The wavy, woolly leaves are round to oval in shape and are mainly located about the base of the stem. They are greenish in colour.

The inflorescence is lined with many clusters of white to pinkish flowers with a dark central stripe. At 3-4mm in size these flowers are large compared to most other genus members. In younger plants inflorescence clusters are limited to branch junctions, but in age clusters are born along the upper stem as well.

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