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Malibu Coyote Brush (Baccharis malibuensis)

Baccharis malibuensis — endemic to Southern California. Taken at Ahmanson Ranch, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. In the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Southern California. Photo Credit:
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: CA
  • Nature Serve ID: 156330
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

This erect shrub can be found across the Santa Monica Mountains (north of Malibu, CA) among chaparral and oak woodlands. Baccharis malibuensis can be identified by its linear, serrated leaves and cream-colored flowers that are only in bloom for one month out of the year (August). B. malibuensis is classified as a Critically Imperiled species due to ongoing urbanization and local off-roading. With its stems growing clusters of 20-30 flowers apiece, this shrub gets frequent visits during blooming season from pollinators including the Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia).  

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  • 09/01/2020
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Based on an September 2020 extract of the California Plant Rescue Database, California Botanic Garden holds 7 accessions of Baccharis malibuensis in orthodox seed collection. There are as many as 30791 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 4 seed accessions of Baccharis malibuensis from 2 plant occurrences listed in the California Natural Diversity Database. These collections together emcompass an unknown number of maternal plants

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Taxon Baccharis malibuensis
Authority R.M. Beauch. & J. Henrickson
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 44914
ITIS 507584
Common Names Malibu baccharis
Associated Scientific Names Baccharis malibuensis
Distribution As the common name implies, B. malibuensis only occurs in Malibu, CA at the northwest corner of Los Angeles County. In Malibu, known occurrences are primarily in Malibu Creek State Park.
State Rank
State State Rank
California S1

This species is endemic to the chaparral and oak woodlands of the Santa Monica Mountains. In this environment, B. malibuensis prefers volcanic substrate and is most often found along nearby roads.

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Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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