Species Profile
Butte County Meadowfoam
Species Details
Common NameButte County Meadowfoam
Scientific NameLimnanthes Floccosa Californica
Federal Listing StatusEndangered
Federal Regulating AgencyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
State Listing StatusEndangered (CA)
State Regulating AgencyCalifornia Department of Fish and Game
- Dove Ridge Conservation Bank

Species Range
Butte County meadowfoam is restricted to a narrow 25-mile strip along the eastern flank of the Sacramento Valley from central Butte County to the northern portion of the City of Chico. The range has not changed significantly from historical times, but the number of populations, the area occupied, and the amount of available habitat within the range has declined significantly in the last 30 years. Butte County meadowfoam distribution is highly fragmented, with populations clustered in central Butte County near the type locality and in and near the City of Chico. Butte County meadowfoam occurs in three types of seasonal wetland habitats: along the edges of vernal pools and ephemeral streams, and occasionally around the edges of isolated vernal pools. It generally occurs on level to gently sloping terrain on poorly drained soils with shallow soil layers impermeable to water infiltration. It thrives in waterlogged soils and tolerates periodic submergence.
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