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Eriogonum latifolium has a bioregional distribution that extends from the Central Coast of California through the Northern California Coast and Oregon and southern Washington coastal areas. It is a common inhabitant of coastal bluffs and coastal terrace scrub at elevations typically not exceeding 150 meters.

With a common name of Seaside buckwheat, this perennial attains a height of 10 to 70 centimeters with a spread of up to 40 cm. Leaves are both basal and cauline on lower stem, and are oblong to ovate in shape; the leaves are generally white-tomentose, especially below, with leaf margins frequently wavy. Inflorescences are head to umbel-like.i Involucres are generally tomentose. The smooth flowers are white to red, glabrous; fruits are slso smooth and measure three to four millimeters in cross section.

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