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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Systenotheca
Species: S. vortriedei
Binomial name
Systenotheca vortriedei
(Brandegee) Reveal & Hardham

Chorizanthe vortriedei
Centrostegia vortriedei

Systenotheca is a monotypic plant genus in the buckwheat family containing the single species Systenotheca vortriedei, which is known by the common name Vortriede's spineflower.[1]


This is a small annual plant growing to a maximum of 15 centimeters in height, and easily identifiable with its red stems and foliage and white flowers.


This wildflower is endemic to California, where it is native to the Santa Lucia Mountains of the central coast. This is an uncommon plant in its small native range where it grows in serpentine soil at some elevation.[2]


  1. ^ "Systenotheca vortriedei". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Systenotheca vortriedei-Calflora". Retrieved 29 April 2012. 

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