The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The conservation of Sidalcea pedata is fully sponsored.
Linda Prince contributed to this Plant Profile.
The Pedate or Bird-footed checkerbloom (Sidalcea pedata) is a perennial herb with a fleshy tap-root. Stems are few, hairy (slightly to bristly), frequently reddish, and can reach 25  cm. The majority of the leaves are basal, but cauline leaves are also present. Leaves are linear to elliptical and 3-parted. Flowers are deep rose-pink with darker veins and are produced from May to August. Fruits mature between June and August, breaking into 5-6 smooth, slightly beaked parts. Two classes of specimens have been identified, those from the North Baldwin Lake area, and all other populations. The North Baldwin Lake plants have fewer (1-3) flowering stems per plant (versus 10-12) and an earlier flowering time (May-June versus June-August) (Krantz 1979, 1985).
Distribution & Occurrence
Bird-footed checkerbloom is restricted to high elevation (18502350 m) seasonally moist alkaline meadows of the Big Bear Basin in San Bernardino County, California (Federal Register 148). These wet meadows are located within the Yellow Pine Forests (Pinus jeffreyi, Pinus monophylla, or P. contorta var. murrayana) of the Transverse Ranges. Most populations are associated with clay soils that become saline upon drying (Krantz 1979, 1985).
|Seventeen populations remain. Last surveys (1988-1992) found approximately 10,000 plants. Several locations have never been accurately surveyed.|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Competition from non-native species
These factors have secondary impacts due
Interpretive signage (Belview Meadow)
Removal of non-native herbivores (YMCA: Bluff Lake)
Determine seed germination requirements.
The Jepson manual: higher plants of California. In: Hickman, J. C., editor. University of California Press. p 1400.