The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Red Butte Garden and Arboretum
The conservation of Mentzelia leucophylla is fully sponsored.
Rita Dodge contributed to this Plant Profile.
Mentzelia leucophylla is an endemic species found on alkaline soil in arroyos, canyons washes, and near spring areas at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
A biennial herb, which grows on highly alkaline soils in ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge. This genus has white stems, leaves densley covered with stiff hairs and bright yellow flowers. Flowers will only open for brief periods in the late afternoon. Bloomtime is in late May through September, and it grows up to 50 cm high.
Distribution & Occurrence
Occupies alkaline soils in dry washes and on barren bluffs, it is associated with dry soils and apparently is uninfluenced by seepage from springs or seeps.
Found in light-colored, fine-grained soils with a high salt content, often growing with 2 other narrowly endemic plants, the Ash Meadows milk-vetch (Astragalus phoenix) and the Ash Meadows sunray (Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata).
|Small populations (12 element occurrences) in Ash Meadow, NV occupying 13.5 acres|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
trampling by wild horses and livestock
ground water pumping
Beatley, J.C. 1971. Vascular plants of Ash Meadows, Nevada.
Bio-west , Inc. 2009. Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: 2008 rare plant reproductive study. Bio-west , Inc. for USFWS. p.17.
Bio-West, Inc. 2009. Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Pollinator study 2008 annual report. Logan, Ut: Bio-West, Inc for USFWS.. p.15.
Knight, T.A., and G.H. Clemmer. 1987. Status of populations of the endemic plants of Ash Meadows, Nye County, Nevada. . For USFWS. p.110.
Reveal, J.L. 1978. Report on Mentzelia leucophylla[Brandgee](Ash Meadows stick-leaf). .