The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Red Butte Garden and Arboretum
The conservation of Townsendia aprica is fully sponsored.
Sylvia Torti contributed to this Plant Profile.
Listed as a threatened species in 1985 (USFWS 1985). A stemless, low-growing perennial with leaves and flowers that are born at ground level. Flowers are disproportionately large with yellow to golden rays. The lastchance townsendia is a specialist on Arapien and Mancos Shale formations and co-occurs with pinyon-juniper vegetation, blue grama, black sagebrush, snakeweed and little rabbitbrush. Plants flower in April and May and are pollinated by at least eight species of solitary bees.
Distribution & Occurrence
Occurs in small barren openings of pinyon-juniper vegetative communities. Soil characteristics are very specific and form "islands" of suitable habitat within a "sea" of unsuitable geologic substrates with their resultant soil types.
|15 separate known populations with approximately 5,500 individuals total (USFWS 1993)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Townsendia aprica occurs with a number of other listed or sensitive species.
Welsh, S.L.; Thorne, R.F. 1979. Illustrated Manual of Proposed Endangered and Threatened Plants of Utah. Denver, CO: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service. 318p.