Get to know an endangered plant – Large-flowered woolly meadowfoam

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Large-flowered woolly meadowfoam is an elegant and graceful flower. One thing I was not ables to capture in the paper flower tutorial was the “woolliness” of the plant. It is an annual species in the meadowfoam family (Limnanthaceae). Plants measure 2 to 6 inches tall with sparse leaves.The stems and leaves are sparsely covered with short, fuzzy hairs. The flowers, and especially the sepals, are densely covered with woolly hairs. Each of the five yellowish to white petals has two rows of hairs near their base. Flowering typically occurs from April through May.

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Woolly meadowfoam occurs at the edge of vernal pools at elevations of 1,230 to 1,310 feet, generally near the wetter, inner edges of vernal pools. The large-flowered woolly meadowfoam is known to occur in the Agate Desert region of Jackson County in southwestern Oregon on land owned by Jackson County, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the City of Medford, and private individuals.

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Fortunately for this rare plant, the very nature of its habitat helps to protect it from some common threats. The rocky, shallow soils in which the diminutive annual plant Limnanthes floccosa ssp. bellingeriana grows are poorly suited to farming. Nevertheless, urban development and road construction are still a threat.

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If you do spot one please note were it is (your phones GPS can really come in handy for this) and tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as soon as you can.

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Find out more where I did. . .

www.fws.gov

www.ecos.fws.gov

www.centerforplantconservation.org

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