Otay Mesa Mint
(Pogogyne nudiuscula )
Photo Copyright 2001 Greg Mason
Description: Annual herb 4-12 inches (1-3dm) tall, with straight, stout stem, and some sparse, short, bristle-like hairs. Leaves spatula-shaped or narrower, 3/8 - 3/4 inches (1-2cm) long, with a short leaf stalk. The calyx (lower flower parts) has 5 narrow and awl-shaped lobes, 1/8 - 1/4 inches (2-5mm) long. The corolla is bell-shaped with lavender petals, sparsely covered with short, soft hairs, and 3/8 - 1/2 inch (11-14mm) long. The fruit is a nutlet 1/16 inch (1.5mm) long.
Habitat: Vernal pools on coastal mesas. Elevation 288 - 800 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms May - July.
Status: Federal Endangered, California State Endangered, California Native Plant Society List 1B