CPC Plant Profile: Ash Meadows Sunray
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Ash Meadows Sunray (Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata)

Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata in flower Photo Credit: Janel Johnson
Description
  • Global Rank: T1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Threatened
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: CA, NV
  • Nature Serve ID: 153797
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 03/08/1989

Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata is an endemic species found on alkaline and saline soils that are restricted to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. This is a perennial forb that produces a number of leafless flowering stalks, each supporting an individual yellow flower. Flowering time is April - May. The flowers are visited by twenty-one pollinator species, 19 of these are bees. This species appears to be significantly important to the insect community by providing pollen, nectar, or both to insect visitors early in the season.

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Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Known only from the Ash Meadows region of southern Nevada and from recent reports from eastern California. Restricted within that limited distribution to saline soils assoiciated with springs and dry washes. Threatened by large-scale destruction of the native flora over large portions of Ash Meadows caused by groundwater pumping and other agricultural development activities, road construction, and off-road vehicle traffic.

Rita Dodge and Sarah Kulpa
  • 01/01/2010

Threatened by large-scale destruction of the native flora over large portions of Ash Meadows caused by groundwater pumping and other agricultural development activities, trampling by wild horses, road construction, and off-road vehicle traffic.

Rita Dodge and Sarah Kulpa
  • 01/01/2010

Ash Meadows, NV 79,508 individuals with 30 element occurrences.

Rita Dodge and Sarah Kulpa
  • 01/01/2010

Survey of Ash Meadows in 2010 (Bio-west,2010)

Rita Dodge and Sarah Kulpa
  • 01/01/2010

Not Available

Rita Dodge and Sarah Kulpa
  • 01/01/2010

Not Available

Rita Dodge and Sarah Kulpa
  • 01/01/2010

This species is not represented in an ex-situ seed bank preservation.

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Nomenclature
Taxon Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata
Authority (A. Gray) A. Nelson
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 1594
ITIS 37314
USDA ENNUC
Common Names Ash Meadows Sunray
Associated Scientific Names Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. corrugata | Enceliopsis nudicaulis var. nudicaulis | Encelia nudicaulis | Enceliopsis nudicaulis
Distribution Eastern Nevada,Nye County, found in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Recently found in saline soils on California near Ash Meadows.
State Rank
State State Rank
California S1
Nevada S2
Habitat

Whitish, strongly saline soils associated with pale limestone outcrops and dry washes near desert wetlands. In saltbush scrub near springs. 700-735 m elevation.

Ecological Relationships

This species is an important source of nectar and pollen in the earlt part of the flowering season. Twenty-one (19 bees) have been observed visiting this species.

Pollinators
Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Bees
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