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Kachina Daisy (Erigeron kachinensis)

Flowering specimen. Note the decumbent to erect stems and spatulate leaves Photo Credit: Carol Dawson
Description
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: CO, UT
  • Nature Serve ID: 152781
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 02/25/1988

Erigeron kachinensis was first found in the seeps in the Cedar Mesa sandstone near Kachina Natural Bridge in Natural Bridges Monument, Utah. It was first discovered in Colorado in 1977 within the Dolores River Canyon. Only two populations are currently known in the state. It will grow only where there is an adequate amount of moisture and sunlight (Allphin and Harper 1994). When direct moisture is lacking, the plant will send out long roots to gather moisture from deep within the rock wall cracks. Since this species is found high on sheer rock faces, it poses many problems for study (Allphin 1991). Kachina Daisy forms what appears to be hanging gardens. When the plant takes hold in a crack on a rock face, soil begins to collect as water flows through the rock. Matter that erodes from the back of the seep forms a small cave and the soil mass begins to slip forward causing some of the plants to hang over the edge. Eventually the whole mass falls into the canyon and the process begins again. (Colorado Native Plant Society 1997) This sprawling plant will send up stems up to 2 dm in length, each with a single flower head. The ray flowers are white or pink with yellow cone flowers and the inner and some outer bracts are purplish at the tips. Glabrous leaves separate this species from the most closely related species, E. subglaber. This plant is unusual for plants in the temperate zone, as it often flowers twice each year--one in the spring and then again in the late summer. (Atwood et al. 1991 and VonBargen 1997)

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Updates
  • 09/09/2020
  • Demographic Research

Loreen Allphin Woolstenhulme, from Brigham Young University, is currently working on the demography and population genetics of this species using microsatellites (Allphin 1991, Allphin and Harper 1994, 1996, 1997, Woolstenhulme 1996).

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

A Colorado Plateau endemic. Known from southeastern Utah and from three occurrences in adjacent Colorado. Threats include tourism, recreation, and drought.

Thomas Grant
  • 01/01/2010

Threats include disturbance from climbers on ledges where plants occur, grazing, construction and road maintenance through habitat (Allphin 1991).

Thomas Grant
  • 01/01/2010

Two populations found in hanging garden communities in the Colorado Plateau region of southeastern Utah and two more populations in hanging gardens along the Dolores River in Colorado (Allphin 1991).

Thomas Grant
  • 01/01/2010

General botanic surveys and attempts at habitat delineation have been undertaken. Loreen Allphin Woolstenhulme, from Brigham Young University, is currently working on the demography and population genetics of this species using microsatellites (Allphin 1991, Allphin and Harper 1994, 1996, 1997, Woolstenhulme 1996).

Thomas Grant
  • 01/01/2010

There is no formal management plan.

Thomas Grant
  • 01/01/2010

More thorough and complete surveying of populations, as well as potential habitat.

Thomas Grant
  • 01/01/2010

Seed collection and banking

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Nomenclature
Taxon Erigeron kachinensis
Authority Welsh & Moore
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 1647
ITIS 35884
USDA ERKA
Common Names Kachina daisy | Kachina fleabane
Associated Scientific Names Erigeron kachinensis
Distribution San Juan County in Utah and Montrose County in Colorado. (Allphin 1991, 1997).
State Rank
State State Rank
Colorado S1
Utah S2
Habitat

Kachina Daisy is found in wet, seasonally flooded sites and in shallow caves of red sandstone cliffs. One population grows in hanging gardens in crevices of west and north facing cliffs. The second population is found on exposed, saline soil at a higher elevation. The elevation range is 4800-8400 ft. (Spackman 1997).Found among: Aquilegia micrantha (Mancos columbine, Ranuculaceae), Calamagrostis scopulorum (Poaceae), Zigadenus vaginatus (death camus, Liliaceae) , and Cirsium calcareum (Cainville Thistle, Asteraceae). (Allphin 1991, 1997).

Ecological Relationships

None known.

Pollinators
Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Flies
Syrphid flies Syrphid flies Confirmed Pollinator Link
Bee flies Bombyliidae Confirmed Pollinator Link
Reintroduction
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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