Small-flowered lipocarpha (Lipocarpha micrantha) was designated as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) due to the species being disjunct in Canada, with only three extant populations in British Columbia (B.C.) and two extant populations in Ontario. It was listed as Endangered in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in 2005 due to being imperiled in Canada.
This recovery strategy only addresses the portion of the Canadian range for this species that occurs in B.C.
In B.C., small-flowered lipocarpha is ranked S1 (critically imperiled) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Red list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the small-flowered lipocarpha as a priority 1 under goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems).
The greatest threat to small-flowered lipocarpha is water management/use, which due to changes in seasonal water levels can affect the reproduction of this annual species. Other threats to this species are tourism and recreation development, livestock farming and ranching, recreational activities, and invasive non-native species.
The population and distribution goal is to maintain the distribution and to maintain or improve the abundance, of the three extant populations in B.C., as well as any other extant populations that may be identified or established.
MOE. 2011. Recovery Strategy for Small-flowered Lipocarpha. MOE
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Lipocarpha micrantha
English Name: Small-flowered Lipocarpha
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