Why Conserve Rare Plants?
A native sweat bee (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) helps maintain the genetic diversity within a locally rare population of cobwebby thistle (Cirsium occidentale
) on the western coast of San Clemente Island. Photo by Aaron E. Sims 2012.
Preserving California’s Legacy
- Contribute to biodiversity
- Play key ecological roles
- Have evolutionary significance
- May provide medicinal uses
- Are protected by legal regulations
- Can be targets for conservation planning
- Can help protect natural communities as a whole
- Are of concern for one's environmental ethics and morals
- Are beautiful!!!
Locally rare plants:
- Help contribute to long-term survival of species
- Help preserve the diversity of the species
- Help preserve gene pool of local flora
- Preserve potential for species to undergo speciation events