In early April, Conservancy staff collaborated with personnel from Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the California Native Plant Society to document rare plants all across the Island with an exciting outcome! The team found and collected a newly described endemic plant species, Cryptantha catalinensis. This annual herb, a segregate of C. wigginsii, has white blooms with a yellow throat and may be referred to as the Catalina popcorn-flower. With this discovery, there are now nine extant endemic plant taxa on Catalina Island. The new endemic species finding is a wonderful example of the Conservancy’s commitment to maintaining viable populations or rare plants in perpetuity and bringing those that are endangered back to non-endangered status.
This kind of work and collaboration leverages the strengths of all parties, helping the Conservancy to manage the land using the best available information, while giving our organization greater prominence in the scientific community. Congratulations to the Conservation Team and our partners!