Localities documented in Tropicos sources
United States (North America)
Note: This information is based on publications available through Tropicos and may not represent the entire distribution. Tropicos does not categorize distributions as native or non-native.
- Anonymous. 1986. List-Based Rec., Soil Conserv. Serv., U.S.D.A. Database of the U.S.D.A., Beltsville. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/1103
- Hickman, J. C. 1993. Jepson Man.: Higher Pl. Calif. i–xvii, 1–1400. University of California Press, Berkeley. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/40453
- Munz, P. A. & D. D. Keck. 1959. Cal. Fl. 1–1681. University of California Press, Berkeley. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/1717
Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Global Range: Regionally endemic to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, California. (Skinner 1994)
Stem densely white-tomentose; head 20-30 mm wide; middle bracts 7-15 mm, leaf oblanceolate to ovate, fleshy, appearing glaucous.
Catalog Number: US 466165
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Card file verified by examination of alleged type specimen
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): A. D. E. Elmer
Year Collected: 1902
Locality: Surf., Santa Barbara, California, United States, North America
- Isotype: Elmer, A. D. E. 1905. Bot. Gaz. 39: 46.
Comments: Unstable coastal dunes and coastal scrub.
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N2 - Imperiled
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G2 - Imperiled
Reasons: Endemic to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties in California, Monardella crispa is found on unstable coastal dunes. It is threatened by vehicles.
Comments: Threatened by vehicles. (Skinner 1994)
Monardella crispa is a rare species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name crisp monardella. It is endemic to California, where it is known only from the sand dunes on the coastline of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
It is an aromatic perennial herb growing in a spreading woolly mat or mound with one or more stems up to half a meter in length. The fleshy, waxy, sometimes woolly leaves are 1 to 5 centimeters long and borne in clusters along the stem. The inflorescence is a head of several flowers blooming in a cup of papery, hairy purplish to straw-colored bracts. The flowers are purplish pink in color.
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