Species Details

Monardella sinuata ssp. sinuata

southern curly-leaved monardella

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Photo of Monardella sinuata ssp. sinuata
© 2017 Keir Morse
Photo of Monardella sinuata ssp. sinuata
© 2012 CNPS, San Luis Obispo Chapter
Photo of Monardella sinuata ssp. sinuata
© 2017 Keir Morse
Scientific Name:
Monardella sinuata Elvin & A.C. Sanders ssp. sinuata
Common Name:
southern curly-leaved monardella
Family: Lamiaceae
Element Code: PDLAM18161
USDA Plants Symbol:
Synonyms/Other Names:
Lifeform: annual herb
Blooming Period: Apr-Sep
0 - 300 meters
0 - 985 feet
General Habitat:
  • Chaparral
  • Cismontane woodland
  • Coastal dunes
  • Coastal scrub (openings)
General Micro Habitat:
Micro Habitat:
  • Sandy
Several historical occurrences are presumed extirpated by urbanization and non-native plants. Seriously threatened by veldt grass (Ehrharta calycina) invasion. Also threatened by development, habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, vehicles, foot traffic, and recreational activities. Possibly threatened by climate shifts. Previously included in M. undulata. Similar to M. breweri and M. douglasii. See Novon 19(3):315-345 (2009) for original description.
Total Occurrences: 36
Element Occurrence Ranks:
0 4 0 0 1 31
Occurrence Status:
Historical >20 Years 18
Recent <=20 Years 18
Presumed Extant 35
Possibly Extirpated 0
Presumed Extirpated 1
California Endemic:
California Island:
States: Name (Code)
California (CA)
California Counties and Islands: Name (Code)
San Luis Obispo (SLO), Santa Barbara (SBA)
Quads: Name (Quad Code)
Arroyo Grande NE (3512025), Casmalia (3412075), Foxen Canyon (3412072), Lompoc (3412064), Los Alamos (3412063), Manzanita Mtn. (3412081), Morro Bay South (3512037), Oceano (3512015)*, Orcutt (3412074), Pismo Beach (3512026), San Simeon (3512162)?*, Sisquoc (3412073), Surf (3412065), Tepusquet Canyon (3412082), Twitchell Dam (3412083), Zaca Creek (3412062), Zaca Lake (3412071)
Definitions of codes following a county and/or quad:
* Presumed extirpated
(?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
Quad and county data is imported from the CNDDB. Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable. These data should NOT be substituted for pre-project review or for on-site surveys.


Presumed Extant
Counties   Quads