6 responses to “Anemopsis californica”

  1. Karen Rusiniak

    Anemopsis californica does not have flowers that look very much like lizard tails, but other members of this family such as Saururus cernuus have an inflorescence of small, white flowers that grow in a spike with a drooping tip that resemble the whip-like tails of lizards.

  2. Eric Hunt

    Karen – was just coming in to say that.
    Here is an example of the eastern North America Lizard’s Tail (Saururus cernuus): https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericinsf/7324213488/

  3. Brian

    there is a very interesting article (pdf) on Saururus available on the web – among much else it explains how it (and hence the family) got its name. The URL is horrendously long, but if you do a search on ‘ fnps austin saururus ‘, it will be the first link listed.
    Tamara, thank you for a great series of posts and some wonderful photos.
    boa sorte

  4. Richard Old

    In a real tragedy of how our perspective on the world around us has changed, this beautiful and useful native wildflower is listed as a “weed” in each of the following references.
    1.California Growers Weed Identification Handbook, 1968 – 1998 University of California Publication # 4030-1, See page: 202
    2.Garden Weeds of Southern California, 1981, See page: 102
    3.Weeds of California, 1970, State of California Publications and Documents. See page: 27, 130

  5. John Rusk

    Thanks for selecting my photo.

  6. wong sun lin

    My mother used to make us pick the plant and she would throw the root into bottle of alcohol. Any injury we would get, we would get this browned colored alcohol pressed against our injury. Never knew how my mom knew the root was medicinal. Mother was Chinese and born in china.

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