Central Coast Field Office

Virtual Herbarium

Welcome to the BLM Central Coast Field Office Virtual Herbarium.  The list of plants in the table below can be found throughout the Field Office area with an emphasis on the Fort Ord National Monument.  To view a photo of a plant, click the dot symbol --*-- to the left of the plant name in the Virtual Herbarium list.

The Central Coast Field Office area is home to several important and rare plant species.  Visit our webpage Special Status Plants of the Central Coast Field Office to view images of these unique plants and learn more about their habitats, flowering seasons, and biogeographic distribution.

The Fort Ord National Monument supports a beautiful and diverse group of plant communities, individiual rare plants, and many showy wildflowers.  On a single visit you can enjoy majestic coast live oak woodlands, aromatic maritime chaparral, wide open grasslands, or vernal pools.  For many of the rare plants, 50-90% of their worldwide habitat occurs here.

Fort Ord National Monument plant list -- alphabetical

 Common NameScientific NameFamilyStatusComments
*Sand VerbenaAbronia pogonanthaNyctaginaceae - Four o´clock  Found in dry, sandy, desert communities 
*Spear-leafed Agoseris (in fruit)Agoseris retrorsaAsteraceae - Sunflower  Common; found in oak woodland, shrubland 
*Vernal Fiddleneck, Forked FiddleneckAmsinckia vernicosa var. furcataBoraginaceae - Borage  Rare; San Joaquin Valley, San Benito Co, Kern Co 
*Pajaro ManzanitaArctostaphylos pajaroensisEricaceae Native, Rare, species of concern  
*Sandmat ManzanitaArctostaphylos pumilaEricaceae Native  
*Prickly Poppy, ChicoloteArgemone munitaPapervaceae - Poppy  Found in open areas, yellow sap 
*Dwarf BrodiaeaBrodiaea terrestrisLiliaceae Native  
*Large-flowered Star TulipCalochortus uniflorusLiliaceae Native  
*South Coast Morning-GloryCalystegia collina ssp. venustaConvolvulaceae  Uncommon; often on serpentine 
*San Benito Evening PrimroseCamissonia benitensisOnagraceae - Evening Primrose  Federally threatened, found on serpentine soils in San Benito Co
*SuncupsCamissonia ovataOnagraceae Native  
*Indian PaintbrushCastilleja affinis ssp.affinisScrophulariaceae Native  
*Indian PaintbrushCastilleja applegateiScrophulariaceae - Figwort  Common; found on dry slopes, interior 
*Owl's CloverCastilleja exertaScrophulariaceae Native  
*Woolly Indian Paint-BrushCastilleja foliolosaScrophulariaceae Native  
*California Jewelflower (white-purple)Caulanthus californicusBrassicaceae - Mustard Federally Endangered San Joaquin Valley, grassland, open juniper woodland  
*Desert CandleCaulanthus inflatusBrassicaceae - Mustard  Grows in open, sany plains to rocky slopes 
*Jim BrushCeanothus oliganthus var. sorediatusRhamnaceae Native  
*Yellow Pincushion, Inner Coast Range ChaenactisChaenactis glabriuscula var. lanosaAsteraceae - Sunflower  Found in open, dry areas, loose sand, serpentine 
*Brewer's ClarkiaClarkia breweriiOnagraceae  Uncommon; usually on serpentine, sweet fragrance 
*Elegant Clarkia, Canyon ClarkiaClarkia unguiculataOnagraceae - Evening Primrose  Common; found in woodland areas 
*Chinese HousesCollinsia heterophyllaScrophulariaceae Native  
*Parry's LarkspurDelphinium parryiRanunculaceae Native  
*Blue DicksDichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatumLiliaceae - Lily Native Common; open areas, grasslands 
*Shooting StarDodecatheon clevelandii ssp. sanctarumPrimulaceae Native  
*Parry's MallowEremalche parryiMalvaceae - Mallow  Common; found on dry flats and hills inland 
*Naked BuckwheatEriogonum nudum var. indictumPolygonaceae  Uncommon; dry, barren slopes 
*Golden YarrowEriophyllum confertiflorumAsteraceae Native  
*California PoppyEschscholzia californicaPapaveraceae Native  
*Chocolate FritillaryFritillaria affinisLiliaceae Native  
*Talus Fritillary (photo by Bell)Fritillaria falcataLiliaceae  Rare; Found on serpentine talus in San Benito Co only 
*Phlox-leafed BedstrawGalium andrewsii ssp. andrewsiiRubiaceae - Madder  Often found in serpentine soils, very small, low growing 
*Tricolored Gilia (with Poppies and Blue Dicks)Gilia tricolor ssp. diffusaPolemoniaceae - Phlox  Grows on open grassland, hills, and valleys 
*Rush-RoseHelianthemum scopariumCistaceae Native  
*Contra Costa GoldfieldsLasthenia conjugensAsteraceae Native, Federally Endangered  
*Rayless Layia (very tiny)Layia discoideaAsteraceae, Sunflower Family   Rare; found on serpentine soils in San Benito Co
*Pale Yellow LayiaLayia heterotrichaAsteraceae, Sunflower  Rare; open, clay soils; fruity fragrance (pear) 
*Tidy TipsLayia platyglossaAsteraceae Native  
*Sky LupineLupinus nanusFabaceae Native  
*Wild Cucumber, Man-RootMarah fabaceusCucurbitaceae - Gourd  Common; grows in sandy-gravelly places, vinelike, strong fragrance
*Sticky Monkey FlowerMimulus aurantiacusScrophulariaceae Native  
*Baby Blue EyesNemophila menziesiiHydrophyllaceae Native  
*Basket Evening Primrose (with sand verbena)Oenothera deltoides ssp. cognataOnagraceae - Evening Primrose  Occurs in dry sandy places, San Joaquin Valley, Mojave Desert
*Indian WarriorPedicularis densifloraScrophulariaceae Native  
*Grinnell's PenstemonPenstemon GrinelliiScrophulariaceae - Figwort (Snapdragon)  Found in chaparral-woodland, open flower throat, yellow-hairy staminode 
*Chaparral PenstemonPenstemon heterophyllus ssp. heterophyllusScrophulariaceae - Figwort  Common; found in chaparral-woodland, magenta flowers, yellow-pink buds
*Purple Fiesta flowerPholistoma auritumHydrophyllaceae Native  
*White Fiesta FlowerPholistoma membranaceumHydrophyllaceae Native  
*Cream CupsPlatystemon californicusPapaveraceae Native  
*Coast Live OakQuercus agrifoliaFagaceae Native  
*Wild RhubarbRumex hymenosepalusPolygonaceae - Buckwheat  Found in dry sandy places, deserts
*Thistle SageSalvia carduaceaLamiaceae - Mint  Stunning sage with orange pollen, found in sandy/gravelly places
*Footsteps of SpringSanicula arctopoidesApiaceae Native  
*Checker bloomSidalcea malvaefloraMalvaceae Native  
*Blue-Eyed GrassSisyrinchium bellumIridaceae Native  
*Blue WitchSolanum umbelliferumSolanaceae Native   
*Hairy Fringe PodThysanocarpus curvipesBrassicaceae - Mustard  Common; slopes, washes, meadows
*Poison OakToxidendron diversilobumAnacardiaceae  Native Oils may cause rash

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