Camissonia Link

Sun Cup

Commemorating Ludolf Adelbert von Chamisso (1781–1838), an author, poet, explorer and naturalist.

Annual and perennial herbs, rarely subshrubs. Leaves basal or along the stem or both, alternate, simple to 2-pinnate. Flowers with petals yellow to purple or white, bent back when open, stamens and style yellow, stigma with a head. Fruit straight or twisted, splitting along the side.

Generally available as C. bistorta (Torr. &A. Gray) Raven, California Sun Cup, which has nodding yellow flowers that fade reddish and 4-angled fruit, the stigma protruding beyond the anthers.

62 species from Pacific America.

Seeds without a tuft of hair; stigma forming a head.

Raven (1969).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Onagraceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Myrtales
family       Onagraceae