Orcutt's bristleweed, Hazardia orcuttii is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the Asteraceae family.

It’s native to the coastal regions of southern California and northern Baja California and is characterized by erect, branched stems that can reach up to 2 feet in height.

The leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, and often covered with a fine, bristly texture, which is a defining feature of the plant.

The plant produces small, yellow flowers arranged in dense, rounded clusters, typically blooming from late summer to early fall.

The plant is of particular interest to conservationists due to its limited distribution and specialized habitat requirements.

The species often grows in well-drained, sandy or rocky soils, making it well-adapted to the Mediterranean climate of its native range.

However, urban development, habitat fragmentation, and other environmental pressures pose significant threats to its survival.

Conservation efforts are focused on protecting the remaining natural habitats and promoting the growth of this species through various restoration projects.

The San Diego Botanic Garden has partnered with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for an Orcutt’s Hazardia reintroduction project.

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