San Diego Management & Monitoring Program


City of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program: Summary of Monitoring Results for Ambrosia pumila

Type: report

Article abstract: Introduction: San Diego ambrosia (Ambrosia pumila) is a sensitive plant species whose northernmost distribution is in southern Riverside County. This perennial herb species was once more common in northern Baja California, Mexico but its distribution has been significantly reduced by expansion of agricultural land use. Modern land use within San Diego County has also greatly reduced the historic distribution of San Diego ambrosia. This plant species also appears not reproduce from seed but instead it grows off of a rhizome-like root structure below ground. If San Diego ambrosia only reproduces vegetatively and is limited in its ability to sexually reproduce, it may not be able to adapt to changing conditions. This may also be partially responsible for the limited distribution of San Diego ambrosia. Monitoring for this plant in Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) was conducted on July 25, 2000 by Holly Boessow, Keith Greer, Jeanne Krosch, Mel Naidas, and Paul Kilberg. The largest patch of San Diego ambrosia in MTRP, which is located adjacent to the Kumeyaay Lake Campground, was surveyed. The patch surveyed is identified as patch C6 in the City of San Diego Mission Trails Regional Park San Diego Ambrosia Management Plan (Dudek & Associates, 2000). The goal of the effort was to establish baseline data for long-term monitoring of San Diego ambrosia under the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP).

Number of pages: 8

Month: July

Year: 2000

Publisher: City of San Diego

Purpose: The goal of the effort was to establish baseline data for long-term monitoring of San Diego ambrosia under the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP).

Prepared by: City of San Diego, Multiple Species Conservation Program;

Keywords: 1993 Laguna Fire; Ambrosia pumila; animals and plants; City of San Diego; MSCP; plants; rare plant monitoring; San Diego Ambrosia; SDAM; species and habitats; Triennial report;

Species: San Diego ambrosia