Phacelia gina-glenneae (Gina’s phacelia) is a recently described species (Atwood & Welsh 2013), known from only one location in Grand County, Colorado. Gina Glenne discovered the species when she noticed that it had different morphological characteristics than other Phacelia species. Genetic analyses conducted by Denver Botanic Gardens (in prep for publication) confirmed P. gina-glenneae as a separate species from the geographically and morphologically similar species, P. formosula. The one population ofP. gina-glenneaeis relatively small (number of individuals has not yet been determined) and occurs alongside a population of Penstemon penlandii.
For over twenty years, CPC Participating Institution Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) has worked to protect the rare and endangered flora of the Rocky Mountains. To help preserve this plant, seed was collected in 2017 and is stored at DBG and the National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation. This species was part of a genetic analysis to characterize the genetic diversity and structure of the Phacelia genus (Riser et al. 2017).
Primary threats toGina’s phacelia include livestock trampling and energy development.
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