CPC Plant Profile: Soldier Meadows Cinquefoil
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Soldier Meadows Cinquefoil (Potentilla basaltica)

Flowers of Potentilla basaltica Photo Credit: © 2008 Dean Wm. Taylor, Ph.D.
Description
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • State: CA, NV
  • Nature Serve ID: 151977
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 12/01/2021

Potentilla basaltica is native to California and Nevada. It is known from only four occurrences, two in California and two in Nevada. It is listed as a Federal Candidate and the Nevada Native Plant Society lists it as threatened. The stems of the plant become purple with age, the leaves form a basal rosette, and the flowers are bright yellow.

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Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Known only from two occurrences in southwestern Humboldt County, Nevada, and two occurrences in north-central Lassen County, California. The Nevada occurrences consist of about 85,000 individuals occupying no more than 27 ha of apparently suitable habitat. At least one of the California occurrences consists of 1000 plants over about 5 acres. All occurrences are vulnerable to noxious weed invasion and alteration of hydrology. Grazing occurs in the California occurrences. However, currently, all occurrences seem stable rather than declining. (2006).

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

Conservation measures implemented recently by the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada include the installation of fencing to exclude livestock, wild horses, burros and other large mammals; the closure of access roads to spring, riparian, and wetland areas

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

85,000 individuals in Nevada and at least 1,000 in California

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

A possible link between Potentilla and Ivesia genera (Tiehm, A., and B. Ertter.1984).

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

Conservation measures implemented recently by the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada include the installation of fencing to exclude livestock, wild horses, burros and other large mammals; the closure of access roads to spring, riparian, and wetland areas and the limiting of vehicles to designated routes; the establishment of a designated campground away from the habitats of sensitive species; the installation of educational signage; and, an increased staff presence, including law enforcement, a volunteer site steward during the 6-month period of peak visitor use, and noxious weed control. In California, public land management actions include not allowing livestock salting in the vicinity of springs, a proposed long-term monitoring plot, limitations on camping near springs, withdrawal from salable mineral leasing, recommendations to withdrawal the land from mineral entry, and noxious weed control treatments.

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

Monitor and collect data on the effects of the current management in regards to short-term and long-term effects. Ex-situ seed conservation Propagation protocol development Reintroduction research

Rita Dodge
  • 01/01/2010

Seed conservation Propogation protocol development Reintroduction research

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Nomenclature
Taxon Potentilla basaltica
Authority Tiehm & Ertter
Family Rosaceae
CPC Number 7034
ITIS 504572
USDA POBA6
Common Names Soldier Meadow Cinquefoil
Associated Scientific Names Potentilla basaltica
Distribution Humboldt County, Nevada Lassen County, California
State Rank
State State Rank
California S1
Nevada S1
Habitat

At Soldier Meadow in Nevada, Potentilla basaltica occurs in or near alkali meadows, seeps, and marsh habitats bordering perennial thermal springs, outflows, and meadow depressions (Knight, 1990). In northeastern California, P. basaltica is known from public land administered by the BLM in Ash Valley near Ash Creek (California Natural Diversity Data Base (CNDDB), 2002) and adjacent private land (Service, 1997).

Ecological Relationships

Host to the teliospore stage of the rust Phragmidium ivesiae (Tiehm and Ertter, 1984)

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