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Navarretia leucocephala  Benth.  ssp. pauciflora  (H. Mason) A. G. Day
Few flowered navarretia,   Fewflower navarretia
Navarretia leucocephala ssp. pauciflora is an annual herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
also called Navarretia pauciflora
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).
State of California status: Threatened. Federal status: Endangered.
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~34 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Parent: Navarretia leucocephala
Genus: Navarretia
Family: Polemoniaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: vernal-pools

Communities: Freshwater Wetlands, Chaparral, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEF + CNPS + PLANTSNavarretia pauciflora
Information about  Navarretia leucocephala ssp. pauciflora from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[wildlife.ca.gov] Threatened species: Few-flowered navarretia (Navarretia leucocephala ssp. pauciflora) is a California threatened plant species, which means that killing or possessing the plant is prohibited by the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Few-flowered navarretia is also listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act(opens in new tab). Few-flowered navarretia is a small annual herb that forms in mats and produces small pale blue or white flower heads that typically appear from May to June. There are usually two to twenty flower heads, about half that of the closely related subspecies many-flowered navarretia (Navarretia leucocephala ssp. plieantha). Few-flowered navarretia is a vernal pool plant, and is found only in these unique wetlands. The species is included in the Recovery Plan for Vernal Pool Ecosystems of California and Southern Oregon (PDF)(opens in new tab) (Recovery Plan) completed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2005. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
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: 07/23/2024).