Endangered Species in Santa Cruz County - Plants


White-Rayed Pentachaeta

White-Rayed Pentachaeta

Scientific Name: Pentachaeta bellidiflora

Status: E

The White-rayed Pentachaeta (also known as the White-rayed Pygmy Daisy) is an annual herb in the aster family, native to California, and endemic (limited) to California alone. Very low population - currently existing at a single site, bisected by an interstate highway, in San Mateo County.

Habitat: Bunchgrass communities associated with serpentine soils.

Threats: Urbanization / construction, off-road vehicles, competition from non-native plant species when soils are disturbed, and possibly also vandalism.

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Last updated by lorenzop on May 21, 2008

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