Canbya aurea

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Yellow pygmy-poppy
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Papaveraceae
Genus: Canbya
Species: C. aurea
Binomial name
Canbya aurea
S. Wats.

Canbya aurea, common name yellow pygmy-poppy, is a plant species endemic to the relatively cool northern deserts of the western United States. It is known only from central and southeastern Oregon and northwestern Nevada, as well as one collection reported from Mono County, California. It grows on dry, sandy soil, usually with sagebrush (mostly Artemisia tridentata), at elevations of 900–1,700 metres (3,000–5,600 ft).[1][2]

Canbya aurea is a small herb rarely more than 2 centimetres (0.79 in) tall, branching at or just above ground level. Leaves are fleshy, linear to oblong, untoothed and unlobed, up to 10 millimetres (0.39 in) long. Flowers are bright yellow, up to 10 mm across.[1][3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b Flora of North America v 3
  2. ^ Calflora, Canbya aurea
  3. ^ Watson, Sereno. 1886. Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 21(2): 445..
  4. ^ Christopher Grey-Wilson. 2000 Poppies. Portland: Timber Press. ISBN 0-88192-503-9.
  5. ^ Hitchcock, C. H., A.J. Cronquist, F. M. Ownbey & J. W. Thompson. 1984. Salicaceae to Saxifragaceae. Part II: 1–597. In C. L. Hitchcock Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press, Seattle.