Species Details

Castilleja mollis

soft-leaved paintbrush

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Scientific Name:
Castilleja mollis Penn.
Common Name:
soft-leaved paintbrush
Family: Orobanchaceae
Element Code: PDSCR0D230
USDA Plants Symbol: CAMO8
Synonyms/Other Names:
Lifeform: perennial herb (hemiparasitic)
Blooming Period: Apr-Aug
Elevation:
5 - 20 meters
15 - 65 feet
General Habitat:
  • Coastal bluff scrub
  • Coastal dunes
General Micro Habitat:
Micro Habitat:
Notes:
Known from Carrington Pt. Peninsula and west of Jaw Gulch (both SRO Isl.); also one unconfirmed location at Pt. Bennett (SMI Isl.), where not seen since 1938, despite recent surveys. Mainland plants previously included in C. mollis are C. affinis ssp. affinis. Threatened by cattle grazing and trampling, feral herbivores, and non-native plants. Likely parasitic on Isocoma menziesii var. sedoides. See Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Vol. XCIX: 185-186 (1947) for original description and MadroƱo 38(2):141-142 (1991) for taxonomic reassessment.
Threats:
Taxonomy:
Other:
Total Occurrences: 7
Element Occurrence Ranks:
A B C D X U
0 0 0 0 0 7
Occurrence Status:
Historical >20 Years 5
Recent <=20 Years 2
Presence:
Presumed Extant 7
Possibly Extirpated 0
Presumed Extirpated 0
California Endemic:
California Island:
States: Name (Code)
California (CA)
California Counties and Islands: Name (Code)
Santa Barbara (SBA)
Quads: Name (Quad Code)
San Miguel Island West (3312084)?*, Santa Rosa Island East (3311988), Santa Rosa Island North (3312081), Santa Rosa Island West (3312082)
Notes:
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.

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