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Legenere limosa  (Greene) McVaugh
False venus' looking glass,   Legenere
Legenere limosa is an annual herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).
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~117 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Legenere
Family: Campanulaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: vernal-pools

Communities: Freshwater Wetlands, Valley Grassland, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFHowellia limosa
iNatLegenere valdiviana
Information about  Legenere limosa from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Description, Distribution, Etymology: Legenere is a genus in the bellflower family, with only one species, Legenere limosa, an annual wildflower endemic to limited portions of Northern California. The species common name is false Venus's looking glass or Greene's legenere. Description Stems are reclining and of length ten to thirty centimeters, but the lateral slender branches are rigid. Distribution Blooming in May and June, it occurs below elevations of 610 meters in vernal pools and certain other moist habitats. Principal colonies are in Solano County, Sacramento County, Lake County, Napa County, Sonoma County, Tehama County and Yuba County.[1] According to the California Native Plant Society L. limosa is classified on List 1B: Rare, threatened, or endangered; and 0.1: Seriously endangered. Main threats to the species are grazing, invasive species, and development.[2] Etymology The genus name Legenere is an anagram of "E. L. Greene". It refers to Edward Lee Greene who first described this plant in 1890. The species name limosa derives from the Latin word limosa meaning muddy,[3] and refers to the moist habitats of the plant. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/16/2024).