Turkish Rugging (Chorizanthe staticoides)

Turkish Rugging (Chorizanthe staticoides) is a member of the Buckwheat family (Polygonaceae) and an annual herb that is both native and endemic (limited to) California. I noticed it first on a hike with other members of my Chaparral Naturalist class one or two years ago, at the Manchester Preserve in Encinitas. It is mostly (very) low growing there along the trails.

Turkish Rugging is perhaps not immediately as appealing as other wildflowers, but I find these tiny and fragile looking plants that come out of the barren soil quite adorable, and well worth photographing. And that’s actually quite a challenge with such a low-growing and really small plant! Thankfully, some of them grew right along a deeply eroded trail on a slope, allowing me to be on the same level as the tiny plants without lying on my belly in the dirt. :-)

Update: the first version of this post contained five images – a friend pointed out to me that one of them was not Turkish rugging, but Fringed Spineflower (Chorizanthe fimbriata var. fimbriata).

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