Many people are unaware that plants can be on the endangered species list too. The Tijuana Estuary is home for one endangered plant called the Salt Marsh Bird’s Beak (Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. maritimus). It is an annual that grows in the upper marsh of the Tijuana Estuary, one of only 10 locations where the Salt Marsh Bird’s Beak is found. Salt Marsh Bird’s Beak (below) is a hemiparasite, it uses Shoregrass (Distichlis littoralis) and Salt Grass (Distichlis spicata) as a host plant.
Plants of the Reserve can be divided into sections according to habitat:
- Salt Marsh
- Coastal Sage Scrub (upland)
- Martime Succulent Scrub
The plants are listed by their common name, in English and Spanish, and their scientific name.
Endangered Species Listing Program or to view the Federal Register of endangered species visit: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/
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