Special Status Plants of the El Centro 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 El Centro 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.

Algodones Dunes Sunflower; Photo Copyright 1996 Dean Wm. Taylor

Algodones Dunes Sunflower

Helianthus niveus ssp. tephrodes
Giant Spanish Needle

Giant Spanish Needle

Palafoxia arida var. gigantea
No Picture available

Laguna Mountains Aster

Machaeranthera asteroides var. lagunensis
Mexican Flannelbush; Photo Copyright Charles Webber California Academy of Sciences

Mexican Flannelbush

Fremontodendron mexicanum
Mountain Springs Bush Lupine; Photo Copyright 1998 Christopher L. Christie

Mountain Springs Bush Lupine

Lupinus excubitus var. medius
Munz's cholla; Photo Copyright 2003 J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS NPDC

Munz Cholla

Opuntia munzii
Peirson's Milk-Vetch

Peirson's Milk-Vetch

Astragalus magdalenae var. peirsonii
Wiggins' Croton

Wiggins' Croton

Croton wigginsii
Sandfood; Photo Copyright R. Mitchel Beauchamp and CNPS

Sand Food

Pholisma sonorae

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.