Curly Abutilon [Herissantia crispa (L.) Brizicky]

Curly Abutilon [Herissantia crispa (L.) Brizicky]

Listing CNPS List 2 R-E-D Code 3-1-1

State/Federal. Status -- None MALVACEAE Aug.Sep.

Global Rank G5 State Rank S?

Distribution: San Diego County; Arizona; Texas; Florida; Sonora and Baja California, Mexico; also South America

Habitat: Sonoran Desert Scrub is the general habitat reported for this suffrutescent shrub. The locale in Vallecito Wash is mapped as Carrizo very gravelly sand.

Known Sites: Reported growing on a bank in Vallecito Wash in Mason Valley on the Anza-Borrego Desert. This is the only known extant locale for the county. A historical collection at Mountain Springs Grade has not been relocated. Reported by Wiggins from southern Arizona, Texas, southern Florida, and tropical South America. Reported by Daniel and Butterwick as occasional in the South Mountains near Phoenix.

Twenty specimens are found in the herbarium at the San Diego Natural History Museum; south to 22 55' North where collected by Moran (SD 50625) near Cabo San Lucas.

Status: The San Diego County populations of Curly Abutilon are presumed stable; however, this desert dweller is apparently quite rare in the region. More collection information is needed. All Southern California populations should be protected.

Copyright May 1994 Craig H. Reiser.

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