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Plants

ash meadows gumplant, perennial yellow flower in the American southwest

Amargosa niterwort (Nitrophila mohavensis) found only in Amargosa Valley, Nevada and Southern parts of California. This small perennial plant prefers salty alkaline clay like soil. Due to habitat degradation and loss from development and agriculture this plant is protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Amargosa Niterwort

Ash Meadows Blazing Star (Mentzelia leucophylla) is endemic to Ash Meadows, Nevada. This rare plant only occurs in dry salty, sandy, and clay soils along washes and alkali mounds. It flowers from June to September with delicate yellow flowers.

Due to habitat degradation and loss from development this plant is categorized as Threatened on the Endangered Species Act. They are fully protected in Nevada as Endangered.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/plants/species/am_blazing_star.html
https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=MELE3
https://plants.usda.gov/java/threat?stateSelect=US32&statelist=states

Ash Meadows gumplant (Grindelia fraxino-pratensis) is a rare perennial flowering herb found in roughly a 2,260 acre area between Ash Meadows, Nevada  and Inyo County California. It thrives in saltgrass meadows and riparian areas.  

Due to habitat loss and degradation from agricultural and water development this plant is categorized as Threatened, and is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/plants/species/am_gumplant.html

Ash Meadows ivesia (Ivesia eremica (Ivesia kingii eremica)) is found only in Nevada in salty and clay-like soils. Belonging to the Rosaceae family, this perennial blooms delicate white flowers in late summer and early fall. Little is known about this plant’s reproduction or life cycles.

Due to habitat loss and degradation from development this plant is listed as Threatened, and is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/plants/species/am_ivesia.html

Ash Meadows milkvetch (Astragalus phoenix) is found only in hard saline clay flats and slopes along the Amargosa river drainage, Ash Meadows, and Southeastern Inyo County, California. It is a low, flowering perennial with delicate pink to purple flowers that forms small mats along the desert floor. 

Due to habitat loss and degradation from development this plant is listed as Threatened, and is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/plants/species/am_milkvetch.html

Ash Meadows sunray (Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata) is a rare variety of E. nudicaulis endemic to Nevada, and Ash Meadows. This perennial herb related to the daisy, is sometimes called “naked-stemmed daisy.” It has tall yellow flowers stemming from a woody base with green-gray hairy leaves.

Due to habitat loss and degradation from development this plant is listed as Threatened, and is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/plants/species/am_sunray.html

Steamboat buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium var. williamsiae) is a rare perennial found only in hot spring deposits in the Steamboat Hills or the Sierra Nevada range. Habitat studies determined this plant may be restricted to an area of 375 acres. 

Steamboat buckwheat was listed as an Endangered Species in 1986 for its vulnerability to habitat degradation from off-road use, development, and mining activity. It continues to be monitored and federally protected today.  

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/plants/species/steamboat_buckwheat.html

Spring-loving centaury (Centaurium namophilum) is an annual flowering plant found in moist to wet clay soils in Ash Meadows, Nevada. Little is known about its reproductive or life cycle. It has delicate pink flowers and is often found alongside the Ash Meadows Gumplant. 

Due to habitat loss and degradation from development this plant is federally listed as Threatened, and is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/plants/species/spring-loving_centaury%20.html

Ute ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes diluvialis) are found in stable wetland and seep areas with high water tables. They have been found in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. This delicate perineal orchid blooms in late July through August. Due to habitat loss and degradation from development, and slow reproduction rate, this plant is federally listed as Threatened, and is protected in Nevada.

 https://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/plants/species/ute_ladies_tresses.html

Webber’s ivesia (Ivesia webberi) are found only in rocky clay soils along mid elevation flats between 4,475 and 6,237 feet. Related to the rose family, this low growing perennial, bloom with delicate yellow flowers May through June. They are believed to be endemic to Washoe and Douglas Counties in Nevada, and Lassen, Plumas and Sierra Counties, in California.

Due to habitat loss and degradation from development, and slow reproduction rate, this plant is federally listed as Threatened, and is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/nv_species/webber_ivesia.html

Churchill Narrows buckwheat (Eriogonum diatomaceum) occurs in rare dry and undisturbed clay to silty diatomaceous deposits in elevations of 1,300 to 1,410 meters. Their only known occurrence is in the Churchill Narrows area of Lyon County, Nevada. Little is known about this plant’s life cycle or needs. 

Due to habitat loss and degradation from development, grazing, and off-road use, this plant is currently a candidate for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. It is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/nv_species/cn_buckwheat.html

Goose Creek Milkvetch (Astragalus Anserinus) is a rare plant in the Astragulus family. Its only known occurrence is along the Goose Creek drainage of Cassia County, Idaho; Elko County, Nevada; and Box Elder County, Utah. Little is known about this plant’s life cycle, or needs.

Due to habitat loss and degradation from invasive non-native plants, grazing, and off-road use, this plant is currently a candidate for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. It is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/nv_species/gc_milkvetch.html

Las Vegas buckwheat (Eriogonum corymbosum var. nilesii) is a woody perennial shrub found in gypsum soils in the Las Vegas Valley, Gold Butte, and Muddy Mountains. The taxonomy of Las Vegas buckwheat was determined in 2006, and so there is not much information available on the life cycle, or needs of this plant, nor any way to determine the historical range.

Due to habitat loss and degradation from invasive non-native plants, grazing, and off-road use, this plant is currently a candidate for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. It is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/nv_species/lv_buckwheat.html

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is an old growth conifer capable of living 1,000 years or more. It is one of five stone pines worldwide, and is the only species found in North America. The name stone pine refers to the species hardy stone like seeds. It is found in high elevations in Western North America, from British Columbia, and Alberta Canada through Wyoming, Montana, Idohao, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington. 

The Whitebark pine is vulnerable to habitat loss, climate change, wildfires and infestation from White Pine Blister Rust, and mountain pine beetles. This plant is currently a candidate for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. It is protected in Nevada.

https://www.fws.gov/nevada/nv_species/whitebark_pine.html
https://www.fws.gov/nevada/protected_species/plants/plants.html
https://wildlife.ca.gov/Data/CNDDB/Plants-and-Animals