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Special Status Plants of the Bakersfield Field Office

This plant guide identifies the special status plants that are known to occur on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, but they may only be suspected on land administered by the Bakersfield Field Office.  To view a photograph and more information on an individual plant, click on the plant's common name below. To see a complete list of all plants, regardless of if it is known or suspected, click here.

Alkali Mariposa lily; Photo Copyright 2002 Gary A. Monroe Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Alkali Mariposa Lily

Calochortus striatus
Blochman's Erigeron; Photo Copyright 2002 Hartmut Wisch

Blochman's Leafy Daisy

Erigeron blochmaniae
Boggs Lake Hedge Hyssop

Boggs Lake Hedge Hyssop

Gratiola heterosepala
No Picture available

Kern Buckwheat

Eriogonum kennedyi var. pinicola
Calico Monkeyflower; Photo Copyright 2001 Steve Schoenig

Calico Monkeyflower

Mimulus pictus
California Jewelflower; Photo Copyright 1993 William Sleuter

California Jewelflower

Caulanthus californicus
Charlotte's Phacelia; Photo Copyright 2003 Heath McAllister

Charlotte's Phacelia

Phacelia nashiana
Coulter's Goldfields; Photo Copyright 2003 Dean Wm. Taylor

Coulter's Goldfields

Lasthenia glabrata ssp. coulteri
Crisp Monardella; Photo Copyright Rick York and CNPS

Crisp Monardella

Monardella crispa
Hardham's Bedstraw; Photo Copyright 1984 California Native Plant Society

Hardham's Bedstraw

Galium hardhamiae
Heart-Leaved Saltbush; Photo Copyright 2003 George W. Hartwell

Heart-Leaved Saltbush

Atriplex cordulata
No Picture available

Hoover's Bent Grass

Agrostis hooveri
Hoover's Eriastrum; Photo Copyright 1986 Dean Wm. Taylor

Hoover's Woolystar

Eriastrum hooveri
Jared's Pepper-grass; Photo Copyright 1988 Dean Wm. Taylor

Jared's Pepper-Grass

Lepidium jaredii ssp. jaredii
Kaweah Monkeyflower; Photo Copyright 2001 Steve Schoenig

Kaweah Monkeyflower

Mimulus norrisii
Keck's Checkerbloom; Photo Copyright 2000 Chuck Peck

Keck's Checkerbloom

Sidalcea keckii
Kelso Creek Monkeyflower; Photo Copyright 2001 Steve Schoenig

Kelso Creek Monkeyflower

Mimulus shevockii
Kern County Larkspur; Photo Copyright 1971 California Native Plant Society

Kern County Larkspur

Delphinium purpusii
Kern Mallow; Photo Copyright 2003 Brent Miller

Kern Mallow

Eremalche kernensis
No Picture available

Lemmon's Jewelflower

Caulanthus coulteri var. lemmonii
Lost Hills Crownscale; 2004 Robert E. Preston, Ph. D

Lost Hills Saltbush

Atriplex vallicola
Morro Manzanita; Photo Copyright 2002 Dean Wm. Taylor

Morro Manzanita

Arctostaphylos morroensis
No Picture available

Mouse Buckwheat

Eriogonum nudum var. murinum
No Picture available

Muir's Raillardella

Carlquistia muirii
Munz's Tidy-tips; Photo Copyright 1998 Robert E. Preston, Ph.D.

Munz's Tidy-Tips

Layia munzii
No Picture available

Nine Mile Canyon Phacelia

Phacelia novenmillensis
A Narrow-Leaf Bedstraw; Photo Copyright University and Jepson Herbaria

Onyx Peak Bedstraw

Galium angustifolium ssp. onycense
Owen's Peak Parsley; Photo Copyright 2003 Heath McAllister

Owens Peak Lomatium

Lomatium shevockii
Pale-yellow Tidytips; Photo Copyright 2003 Christopher L. Christie

Pale-Yellow Layia

Layia heterotricha
Piute Cypress; Photo Copyright 2002 Dr. Louis Emmet Mahoney

Piute Cypress

Cupressus arizonica ssp. nevadensis
No picture available.

Piute Mountains Navarretia

Navarretia setiloba
No Picture Available.

Piute Mountains Jewel-Flower

Streptanthus cordatus ssp. piutensis
Pygmy Poppy; Photo Copyright 2003 Heath McAllister

Pygmy Poppy

Canbya candida
Byron Larkspur; Photo Copyright 2003 Dianne Fristrom

Recurved Larkspur

Delphinium recurvatum
Shagbark Manzanita; Photo Copyright 2002 J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS NPDC

Sand Mesa Manzanita

Arctostaphylos rudis
Santa Margarita Manzanita; Photo Copyright 1993 David Graber

Santa Margarita Manzanita

Arctostaphylos pilosula
San Joaquin Valley Orcutt Grass; Photo Copyright 2002 Joshua D. Boldt

San Joaquin Valley Orcutt Grass

Orcuttia inaequalis
No Picture available

San Joaquin Woolly Threads

Monolopia congdonii
San Luis Obispo Sedge; Photo Copyright 1981 California Native Plant Society

San Luis Obispo Sedge

Carex obispoensis
Seaside Bird's-Beak

Seaside Bird's-Beak

Cordylanthus rigidus ssp. littoralis
No Picture available

Sequoia Gooseberry

Ribes tularense
No Picture available

Shevock's Hairy Golden-Aster

Heterotheca shevockii
No Picture available

Shevock's Milk-Vetch

Astragalus shevockii
Shirley Meadows Star-tulip; Photo Copyright 1982 Steve Lowens

Shirley Meadows Star-Tulip

Calochortus westonii
Showy Madia, Golden Madia; Photo Copyright 1995 Dean Wm. Taylor

Showy Madia

Madia radiata
Spanish Needle Onion; Photo Copyright 2003 Heath McAllister

Spanish Needle Onion

Allium shevockii
Prickly Spineflower; Photo Copyright 1982 California Native Plant Society

Straight-Awned Spineflower

Chorizanthe rectispina
Succulent Owl's Clover

Succulent Owl's Clover

Castilleja campestris ssp. succulenta
No Picture available

Surf Thistle

Cirsium rhothophilum
No Picture available

Temblor Buckwheat

Eriogonum temblorense
Walker Pass milkvetch; Photo Copyright MBG

Walker Pass Milk-Vetch

Astragalus ertterae
Yellow Woollystar; Photo Copyright 2004 Laura Ann Eliassen

Yellow-Flowered Eriastrum

Eriastrum luteum

Special status plants are those plants whose survival is of concern due to 1) their limited distribution, 2) low number of individuals and/or populations, and 3) potential threats to habitat.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) uses the term "special status plants" to include: 1) Federal endangered, threatened,proposed and candidate species; 2) California State endangered, threatened, and rare species; and 3) BLM Sensitive plants. Sensitive plants are those species that do not occur on Federal or state lists, but which are designated by the BLM State Director for special management consideration.

It is BLM policy to manage for the conservation of special status plants and their associated habitats and to ensure that actions authorized, funded, or carried out do not contribute to the need to list any species as threatened or endangered.

Last updated: 08-05-2010