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Eriogonum reniforme Torr. & Frém.

Kidney-leaf buckwheat, kidneyleaf buckwheat

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderCaryophyllalesIncludes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
FamilyPolygonaceaeKnotweed or smartweed family
GenusEriogonumFrom Greek erion, “wool,” and gonu, “joint or knee,” for the hairy or woolly joints in the stems of some of these species
SpeciesreniformeKidney-shaped, alluding to the leaves

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Kidney-leaf buckwheat is native to the southwestern United States.

This table compares kidney-leaf buckwheat to a close relative, desert trumpet.


Eriogonum reniforme (kidney-leaf buckwheat, kidneyleaf buckwheat)

2/28/2010 · Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cali­fornia

Eriogonum reniforme (kidney-leaf buckwheat, kidneyleaf buckwheat)

6/4/2009 · Lake Mead Area, Nevada · ≈ 2 × 1½′ (64 × 42 cm)

Eriogonum inflatum
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Eriogonum reniforme
Common Name

desert trumpet

kidney-leaf buckwheat
Plant 2' high. Less than 2' high.
Flowers Yellow, about 1/4" across, with greenish or reddish midribs; inconspicuous. Very small, yellow, turning reddish later.
Stem Some stems have inflated regions. Stems are not inflated.
Range/ Zones

Habitats Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, Sagebrush Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, between -50 and 6500' Creosote Bush Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, less than 5000'
Type Wild Wild
Occurrence Common Common


Identification: Less than 2′ (60 cm) high. Leaves occur at the base. They are round-, spade-, or kidney-shaped. Flowers are very small, yellow, turning reddish later. While desert trumpet has inflated stems, kidney-leaf buckwheat does not.

Online References:



SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

The Jepson Manual

Eriogonum reniforme Torr. & Frém. var. comosum M.E. Jones


Eriogonum reniforme description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Sep 2020.

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