Regularity: Regularly occurring
Catalog Number: US 1652753
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): S. G. Stokes
Year Collected: 1933
Locality: Boulevard to Buckman Springs., San Diego, California, United States, North America
Life History and Behavior
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked
Eriogonum davidsonii is a species of wild buckwheat known by the common name Davidson's buckwheat. This plant is native to the southwestern United States and northern Baja California, where it grows in sandy or gravelly soils in a variety of habitats. It is a spindly annual herb growing up to 40 centimeters in height. The fuzzy leaves are located at the base of the plant and are one or two centimeters wide and round with wavy or wrinkly margins. It is variable in appearance, but is generally erect with thin, naked, neatly branching stems bearing clusters of tiny flowers at widely spaced nodes. Each flower is about 2 millimeters wide, bell-shaped, and usually pink.
Seeds of Davidson's wild buckwheat were pounded into a meal and eaten dry by the Kawaiisu people of southern California (M. L. Zigmond 1981).
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