Species Name Cercocarpus traskiae
Synonyms Cercocarpus traskiae | Cercocarpus betuloides var. traskiae | Cercocarpus montanus var. traskiae | Cercocarpus betuloides ssp. traskiae |
Common Name Catalina mountain-mahogany | Santa Catalina Mountain-mahoga | Catalina Island mountain-mahog | Catalina cercocarpus |
CPC Number 872
Natures Serve Global Rank G1
Global Rank Review Date 10/6/2003
Federal Listing Status LE
Description The Catalina Island mountain mahogany is considered to be one of the rarest shrubs in the continental United States. It has been rare as long as its existence has been known. This tree was first discovered in 1897 when there was a single population of forty individuals. Now there are only seven individuals remaining. The loss has been attributed to foraging by feral animals on the island. The Santa Catalina Conservancy has taken measures to protect the few remaining individuals, but there are still threats to their continued survival. This evergreen shrub is a member of the rose family, producing flowers that lack petals from March to May.