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Recovery Strategy for the Pink Sand-verbena (Abronia umbellata) in Canada (Proposed)

Species Information

Common Name: Pink Sand-verbena

Scientific Name: Abronia umbellata

Assessment Summary:

COSEWIC Status: Endangered

Reason for designation: A herb of maritime beach habitats last seen at a single site along the west coast of Vancouver Island with losses of two historic populations. The site of the last documented population is greatly disjunct from other small populations in Oregon. The species is characteristically found in low numbers and tends to persist in the seed-bed of its beach and foredune habitats, sporadically producing flowering plants. The species was last recorded in 2001 with only several plants present. It is assumed that the species may still persist as dormant seeds and may produce reproductive plants at some future date. The expansion of exotic beach grasses has reduced the quality and availability of its upper beach and foredune habitats at a number of sites within its historic range.

Canadian Occurrence: BC

COSEWIC Status History: Assessed as Endangered May 2004. Assessment based on a new status report.