Desert Spring Parsley
Common name: Desert cymopterus, desert spring parsley
Latin name: Cymopterus deserticola
Height: 4-6 inches
Description: Stems without hairs hold tight ball-like clusters of purple flowers.
Leaf: Leaf stalk, connecting leaf to the stem 4–10 cm; blade 2–6.5 cm.
Range: w Mojave Desert
Habitat: Sandy desert
Elevation: ± 1500 m.
Flowering time: Apr
Notes: Photographed April 10, 2010, southwest of Harper Dry Lake, east of Kramer Junction, San Bernardino County, Calif. A dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone.
It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA. Cymopterus deserticola is threatened by sheep grazing, urbanization and vehicles.
Recent attempts to locate desert cymopterus in areas of the historic Apple Valley herbarium collections have been unsuccessful and it appears likely that these sites may have been lost to urban development and off-highway vehicle (OHV) use (Moe, 1988). The entire known range of desert cymopterus occurs in the western Mojave Desert within the Western Mojave Planning Area with most of the populations found on Edwards Air Force Base.
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