You might want to adjust the location a bit so it is not in the ocean.
you're seeing the obscured location of this endangered species - do you know how to tell it from the other spineflowers on Point Reyes?
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.
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
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