ⓘ Limnanthes

                                     

ⓘ Limnanthes

Limnanthes, the type genus of the family Limnanthaceae, consists of annual herbaceous plants commonly known as the meadowfoams. The seven species are all native to coastal and adjoining regions of western North America, where they typically grow in marshy habitats, such as the margins of vernal pools. Some are endemic to California

General form ranges from decumbent to erect, the leaves pinnately lobed or compound, lobes or leaflets may themselves range from entire to deeply lobed. As 4 - and 5-sepaled and petaled members are known.

Limnanthes Alba, white meadowfoam, which has a commercial interest in oil, while several other species rare or endangered. Honey produced by bees that pollinate Limnanthes Alba has a distinct flavor lain.

L. douglasii is widely cultivated as a regular annual event, its white and yellow flower color giving it the common name of poached egg plant.