CPC Plant Profile: Cusick's Buckwheat
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Cusick's Buckwheat (Eriogonum cusickii)

Cusick\'s buckwheat, Eriogonum cusickii

Photo Credit: Kris Freitag
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • State: OR
  • Nature Serve ID: 133848
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

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Kris Freitag
  • 09/20/2022

As part of CPC's IMLS funded initiative to determine seed storage longevity in wild rare plant species, seed of Cusick’s buckwheat (Eriogonum cusickii) was collected in the BLM’s Black Hills ACEC, just inside the Northern Basin and Range ecoregion of central Oregon.  This ACEC was established partly because it contains a healthy population of this rare plant. I arrived at a good time in the plant’s phenology, and the ample seeds were easy to collect by pinching the umbels. Cleaning seed of Eriogonum species is fairly easy using wire mesh to filter out the spent flower parts.

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Taxon Eriogonum cusickii
Authority M.E. Jones
Family Polygonaceae
CPC Number 1709
ITIS 21107
Common Names Cusick's Wild-buckwheat
Associated Scientific Names Eriogonum cusickii | Eriogonum chrysocephalum ssp. cusickii
State Rank
State State Rank
Oregon S2

Ecological Relationships

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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