In British Columbia, golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta) is restricted to southeastern Vancouver Island and two adjacent Gulf Islands. Of the nine sites in which C. levisecta has been collected, the populations at three sites have been confirmed in recent years, whereas the populations at four sites are known to be extirpated. The status of populations at two other sites are uncertain because the precise locations for these populations are not known. Extant populations represent the northern range limits of C. levisecta which, historically, extended southwards to central Oregon. However, all populations in Oregon are believed to be extirpated and the only known extant populations in Washington State are found at seven sites in the Puget Trough area and on San Juan Island. All populations in British Columbia and the United States are restricted to grass-dominated meadows that are very limited in area and most of which have been destroyed as a result of agricultural or residential development. Furthermore,
Ryan, Michael, Douglas, George W.. 1999. Status of the Golden Paintbrush in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Species Status Report. B91
Topic: Species status
Keywords: golden paintbrush, castilleja levisecta, species, status, report
Scientific Name: Castilleja levisecta
English Name: Golden Paintbrush
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