Special Status Plants of the Palm Springs 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.  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 whether its occurrence is known or suspected, click here.

Coachella Valley Milk-Vetch

Coachella Valley Milk-Vetch

Astragalus lentiginosus var. coachellae
Astragalus deanei; Dean's Milk-vetch; © 2006 Vince Scheidt

Deane's Milk-Vetch

Astragalus deanei
Dunn's Mariposa Lily; Photo Copyright 1997 Christopher L. Christie

Dunn's Mariposa Lily

Calochortus dunnii
Baccharis vanessae; Encinitas Baccharis; © 2008 Andrew Borcher

Encinitas Baccharis

Baccharis vanessae
Ganders Pitcher Sage; Photo Copyright Laspilitas.com

Gander's Pitcher-Sage

Lepechinia ganderi
Astragalus douglasii var. perstrictus; Jacumba Milk-vetch; © 2010 Tamara Klug

Jacumba Milk-Vetch

Astragalus douglasii var. perstrictus
Lakeside ceanothus; Photo Copyright Cliff Schmidt

Lakeside Ceanothus

Ceanothus cyaneus
Little San Bernardino Mountains Linanthus

Little San Bernardino Mountains Linanthus

Linanthus maculatus
Many-stemmed Dudleya; Photo Copyright 2002 BonTerra Consulting

Many-Stemmed Dudleya

Dudleya multicaulis
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
Nevin's barbarry; Photo Copyright 2003 J.S. Peterson, USDA NRCS NPDC

Nevin's Barberry

Berberis nevinii
Orcutt's Brodiaea; Photo Copyright 2001 Ellen Friendman & Ted Dunning

Orcutt's Brodiaea

Brodiaea orcuttii
Otay Manzanita; Photo Copyright 2003 David Graber

Otay Manzanita

Arctostaphylos otayensis
Deinandra conjugens; Otay Tarplant; © 2010 Anna Bennett

Otay Tarplant

Deinandra conjugens      Also listed under (Hemizonia conjugens)
Parish's Daisy; Photo Copyright 1989 Dean Wm. Taylor

Parish's Daisy

Erigeron parishii
Parry's Tetracoccus; Photo Copyright 1996 Christopher L. Christie

Parry's Tetracoccus

Tetracoccus dioicus
Robison's Monardella; Photo Copyright 2004 James M. Andre

Robison's Monardella

Monardella robisonii
Santa Ana River Woollystar; Photo Copyright 2003 Nina Jimerson

Santa Ana River Woolystar

Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum
Astragalus oocarpus; San Diego rattleweed; © 2009 Vince Scheidt

San Diego Milk-Vetch

Astragalus oocarpus
San Diego Thorn-mint; Photo Copyright Roxanne Bittman and CNPS

San Diego Thornmint

Acanthomintha ilicifolia
San Jacinto Valley Crownscale; Photo Copyright 2001 Barry Du Bois

San Jacinto Valley Crownscale

Atriplex coronata var. notatior
Dodecahema leptoceras; Slender-horned spineflower; © 2007 Jordan Zylstra

Slender-Horned Spineflower

Dodecahema leptoceras
Tecate Cypress; Photo Copyright 2001 Dr. Louis Emmet Mahoney

Tecate Cypress

Cupressus forbesii
Deinandra floribunda; Tecate Tarplant; © 2009 Anna Bennett

Tecate Tarplant

Deinandra floribunda
Astragalus tricarinatus; Triple-ribbed Milk-vetch; © 2004 John Green

Triple-Ribbed Milk-Vetch

Astragalus tricarinatus
Dudleya variegata; Varigated dudleya; © 2006 Jasmine J. Watts

Variegated Dudleya

Dudleya variegata

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.