Spermolepis [Spermolepis echinata (DC.) A.A. Heller]

Spermolepis [Spermolepis echinata (DC.) A.A. Heller]

Listing CNPS Unlisted R-E-D Code None

State/Federal. Status -- None APIACEAE March

Global Rank None State Rank None

Distribution: San Diego County; southeastern U.S.; northern Mexico

Habitat: This small celery-like annual grows on rocky, desert terrain or on sandy flats.

Known Sites: Spermolepis was observed north of Plum Canyon in Anza-Borrego State Park growing at the foot of a rocky slope in relatively open, Sonoran Desert scrub. It is reported from south of Vallecitos Stage Station, as well as in lower Box Canyon near S-2.

Status: Spermolepis is presumed stable in its isolated desert environment. It may be more common than noted due to a short, early flowering season and its ephemeral nature. This species is of interest due to its disjunct situation in San Diego County; all populations are recommended for protection.

Copyright May 1994 Craig H. Reiser.

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