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Dithyrea californica

Dithyrea californica Harv.

 

Spectacle Pod

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderBrassicalesMustard, cabbage, caper, papaya, nasturtiums, many others; most produce mustard oil
FamilyBrassicaceaeMustards, cabbages
GenusDithyreaFrom the Greek dis, “two or twice,” and thureos, “shield,” thus meaning “two shields” and referring to the double, spectacle-like seed pods
Speciescalifornica“Of or from California”

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Dithyrea californica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Nov 2013.

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Dithyrea californica (Spectacle Pod)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 4½ × 4½" (11 × 11 cm)

Dithyrea californica (Spectacle Pod)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

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