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List of Known Occurrences of Rare Plants in Washington
September 2014

Benton County

A key to status fields appears below. If a scientific name is underlined you may click on it to go to a field guide page (pdf format, average size 300 kb) for that taxon.

Scientific Name
Common Name
State Status
Federal Status
Historic Record
Aliciella leptomeria Great Basin gilia T
Ammannia robusta grand redstem T
Anthoxanthum hirtum common northern sweetgrass R1 H
Astragalus columbianus Columbia milk-vetch S SC
Astragalus misellus var. pauper pauper milk-vetch S H
Bryoerythrophyllum columbianum Columbian bryoerythrophyllum moss R1
Cistanthe rosea rosy pussypaws T
Cryptantha leucophaea gray cryptantha S SC
Cryptantha scoparia miner's candle S
Cryptantha spiculifera Snake River cryptantha S
Cuscuta denticulata desert dodder T H
Epilobium pygmaeum smooth willowherb R1
Eremothera minor small-flower evening-primrose S
Eremothera pygmaea dwarf evening-primrose S
Erigeron piperianus Piper's daisy S
Eriogonum codium Umtanum desert buckwheat E LT
Erythranthe suksdorfii Suksdorf's monkeyflower S
Gilia inconspicua shy gilly-flower R1 H
Hypericum majus Canadian St. John's-wort S
Lipocarpha aristulata halfchaff awned sedge T
Loeflingia squarrosa spreading pygmyleaf T
Lomatium tuberosum Hoover's desert-parsley S SC
Nicotiana attenuata coyote tobacco S
Oenothera cespitosa ssp. cespitosa cespitose evening-primrose S
Rorippa columbiae persistentsepal yellowcress T SC
Rotala ramosior lowland toothcup T

Description of Codes
Historic Record:
H indicates most recent sighting in the county is before 1977.
State Status
State Status of plant species is determined by the Washington Natural Heritage Program. Factors considered include abundance, occurrence patterns, vulnerability, threats, existing protection, and taxonomic distinctness.
Values include:
E = Endangered. In danger of becoming extinct or extirpated from Washington.
T = Threatened. Likely to become Endangered in Washington.
S = Sensitive. Vulnerable or declining and could become Endangered or Threatened in the state.
X = Possibly extinct or Extirpated from Washington.
R1 = Review group 1. Of potential concern but needs more field work to assign another rank.
R2 = Review group 2. Of potential concern but with unresolved taxonomic questions.
Federal Status
Federal Status under the U.S. Endangered Species Act(USESA) as published in the Federal Register:
LE = Listed Endangered. In danger of extinction.
LT = Listed Threatened. Likely to become endangered.
PE = Proposed Endangered.
PT = Proposed Threatened.
C = Candidate species. Sufficient information exists to support listing as Endangered or Threatened.
SC = Species of Concern. An unofficial status, the species appears to be in jeopardy, but insufficient information to support listing.

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