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Special Status Plants of the Needles 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 Needles 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.

Howe's Hedgehog Cactus; Photo Copyright 1989 Wolfgang Blum

Howe's Hedgehog Cactus

Echinocereus engelmannii var. howei
Jaeger's mousetail; Photo Copyright Margaret Williams. Courtesy of Nevada Native Plant Society

Jaeger's Ivesia

Ivesia jaegeri
No Picture available

Kingston Bedstraw

Galium hilendiae ssp. kingstonense
No Picture available

Kingston Mountains Ivesia

Ivesia patellifera
No Picture available

Pungent Glossopetalon

Glossopetalon pungens
No Picture available

Rusby's Desert-Mallow

Sphaeralcea rusbyi var. eremicola
Stephens' Beardtongue; Photo Copyright 1995 Saint Mary's College of California

Stephen's Beardtongue

Penstemon stephensii
No Picture available

Thorne's Buckwheat

Eriogonum ericifolium var. thornei

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