Caulanthus inflatus, the Desert candle, is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native to the Mojave Desert of California and Nevada, and the southern Sierra Nevada and Transverse Ranges in the United States. It is also very common in Central Asia. It is found at elevations between 150–1,500 metres (490–4,920 ft).
Caulanthus inflatus is an annual plant growing up to 70 cm in height, with a thick, swollen stem that looks like a yellow candle. The basal leaves are 2-7 cm long, smaller higher up the stem. The flowers are small, with four reddish-purple petals. 
- Mojave Desert Wildflowers, Jon Mark Stewart, 1998, pg. 170
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