Many thanks to Hollis from Wyoming for today’s image, taken on a trip to Santa Cruz Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park south of Santa Barbara, California. Hollis submitted the image via the BPotD Submissions Forum on this web site. Much appreciated, Hollis!
Considering its limited range, it is perhaps no surprise that it is endangered. According to the United Nations Environment Programme’s site on US Islands, in an area of 255.7 square kilometres, Santa Cruz Island contains 420 species of plants. Of these, 40 are endemic to the archipelago of the Channel Islands, and eight of these can (could) only be found on Santa Cruz Island, including Lotus argophyllus var. niveus. Three of these endemics on Santa Cruz Island, however, are presumed extinct. Lotus argophyllus var. niveus shares its endangered status with seventeen other plant taxa.