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Ben Lomond buckwheat
Ben Lomond buckwheat
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Zayante Sandhills Conservation Bank - Rare, Threatened, or Endangered in CA and Elsewhere – California Native Plant Society List 1B


Ben Lomond buckwheat -
Eriogonum nudum var. decurrens


– The Ben Lomond buckwheat is a perennial herb in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae). Seedlings germinate in the late fall following the first hard rains, and require two to three years to mature. Adult buckwheat plants produce dense heads of small white flowers on the end of tall flower stalks each summer.

The Ben Lomond buckwheat occurs only in the Zayante Sandhills—a unique community of plants and animals found only on sandy soils of the Zayante series in central Santa Cruz County. It occurs in a variety primarily in the in sandhills sand parkland community, of which less than 300 acres remain. Due to its small geographic range and narrow habitat, the Ben Lomond buckwheat has been listed as “most endangered” (List 1B) by the California Native Plant Society.

The Ben Lomond Buckwheat


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