Johnson's Bedstraw [Galium johnstonii Dempster & Stebbins]

Johnson's Bedstraw [Galium johnstonii Dempster & Stebbins]

Listing CNPS List 4 R-E-D Code 1-1-3

State/Federal. Status -- None RUBIACEAE Jun.-Jul.

Global Rank G? State Rank S?

Distribution: San Diego County (reported by CNPS), Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Santa Barbara County

Habitat: Lower Montane Coniferous Forest is the habitat for this herbaceous subshrub with hispid fruits and a cupped or campanulate flower. On Santa Rosa Peak it typically grows in partial shade beneath conifers. It is reported by Munz on dry slopes between 5000 and 7500 feet in the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto Mountains.

Known Sites: Johnson's Bedstraw is locally common on Santa Rosa Peak in western Riverside County, growing in coniferous forest. No sites for this species in San Diego County can be reliably reported, and no examples can be located of specimens which might be attributed by Dempster to San Diego County. However, given the extensive population observed on Santa Rosa Peak, it is considered likely that this bedstraw also grows in nearby San Diego County on the southern flanks of this mountain. Herbarium specimens examined were from near the Angeles Crest Highway just south of Upper Chilao Recreation Area in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County; also from near San Bernardino Peak.

Status: The status of Johnson's Bedstraw in San Diego County is unknown; it is possibly not present; potential habitat occurs in the Santa Rosa Mountains. If present in this region, significant portions of any populations should be protected. In Riverside County it is recommended that substantial portions of all sizeable populations be protected.

Copyright May 1994 Craig H. Reiser.

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