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Lyon's Pentachaeta (Pentachaeta lyonii)

  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 151213
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

tall annual in the aster family

Where is Lyon's Pentachaeta (Pentachaeta lyonii) located in the wild?


transition zone between grassland and chaparral communities pocket grassland sites that intergrade with shrublands, and the edges of roads and trails



States & Provinces:

Lyon's Pentachaeta can be found in California

Which CPC Partners conserve Lyon's Pentachaeta (Pentachaeta lyonii)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden holds 6 accessions of Pentachaeta lyonii in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 187986 seeds of this species in their collection - although some may have been used for curation testing or sent to back up.

  • 08/05/2020
  • Seed Collection

Based on an August 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden has collected 3 seed accessions of Pentachaeta lyonii from 2 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass an unknown number of maternal plants

  • 01/01/2010

urban development including construction of housing, golf courses and infrastructure trampling from hikers, off-road vehicles, and equestrian use stochastic events local disturbance facilitating the introduction of competitive weeds and alteratio

  • 01/01/2010

known from only 6 locations in the transition zone in the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains currently known from five population units in the Santa Monica Mountains and the western Simi Hills. One unit has 4,000 individuals; one has 3 occurrences with 1,200 individuals; one unit has 7 occurrences with 28,000 individuals; one unit has 7 occurrences with 2,900 individuals; and one unit has 4 occurrences with 1,000 individuals.


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Taxon Pentachaeta lyonii
Authority A. Gray
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 3280
ITIS 504234
Duration Annual
Common Names Lyon's Pentachaeta
Associated Scientific Names Pentachaeta lyonii
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
California S1
Ecological Relationships


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