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One-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma)

One-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma, formerly Calyptridium monospermum) is a North American plant which thrives in gravely soil and raises or lowers its flowers in order to thermoregulate. This common perennial herb is often mistaken for the very similar Cistanthe umbellata (formerly Calyptridium umbellatum), but can be differentiated by multiple stems branching from a single rosette. The color of the anthers can also aid in identification. Some resources place this plant in the miner's lettuce family (Montiaceae).

One-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma, formerly Calyptridium monospermum).  Tahoe National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Nevada County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0509
One-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma), exceptionally vibrant specimens with a raised stem. Tahoe National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Nevada County, California, USA.
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One-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma, formerly Calyptridium monospermum).  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0405
One-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma), highly detailed close-up of a single inflorescence (cluster of flowers). Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California.
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One-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma, formerly Calyptridium monospermum).  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0404
One-seeded pussypaws (Cistanthe monosperma), overhead documentary view depicting the entire plant. With sunset and its associated cooler temperatures approaching, the plant has lowered its flowers to the still-warm ground in an act of thermoregulation. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California.
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