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woolly-headed spineflower - Photo (c) 2009 Jorg Fleige, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
loarie's ID: woolly-headed spineflower (Chorizanthe cuspidata var. villosa)
Posted by loarie about 4 years ago (Flag)
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woolly-headed spineflower - Photo (c) 2009 Jorg Fleige, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
abr's ID: woolly-headed spineflower (Chorizanthe cuspidata var. villosa)
Posted by abr over 2 years ago (Flag)
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You might want to adjust the location a bit so it is not in the ocean.

Posted by abr over 2 years ago (Flag)
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you're seeing the obscured location of this endangered species - do you know how to tell it from the other spineflowers on Point Reyes?

Posted by loarie almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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That species is not endangered (or at least not in a regulatory sense), but is a CNPS 1B.2. It is hard to go anywhere on Point Reyes with sandy soil and NOT find this species, though, as it is very widespread on the peninsula. You can tell it from the other variety of C. cuspidata (var. cuspidata) by the straight awns and the dense hairs on the inflorescence. C. valida, the third species on Point Reyes (which is endangered) has a much more upright habit, larger flowers and flowerheads, soft, straight awns that angle up rather than out, and is found in only one wild location and a handful of introduction sites. I have done some studies on this last species through my professional work as a botanist at Point Reyes.

Posted by abr almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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Thanks! I just saw C. cuspidata var. cuspidata for the first time yesterday - definitely pinker but didn't look less wolly or curvyer awns so I thought I'd ask

Posted by loarie almost 2 years ago (Flag)
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woolly-headed spineflower - Photo (c) 2009 Jorg Fleige, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
loarie's ID: woolly-headed spineflower (Chorizanthe cuspidata var. villosa)
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woolly-headed spineflower - Photo (c) 2009 Jorg Fleige, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
Community ID: woolly-headed spineflower (Chorizanthe cuspidata var. villosa)
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