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Endangered Plants

 

Hazardia orcutii

Baccharis vanessae

Common Name: Encinitas Baccharis

Origin/Habitat: San Diego County, Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub.

Threats: Habitat loss due to human development.

Current Status: Endangered.

Description: This species of Baccharis is endemic to Encinitas and the surrounding areas. A rare plant to begin with, its numbers have been drastically reduced due to urban development. Only a few isolated populations exist in fragmented natural areas around the county. San Diego Botanic Garden is attempting to work with the state of California to begin propagation and reestablishment of this species on site and in natural areas around the Encinitas.

 


Photos: Rachel Cobb