Hoita strobilina

It’s always a treat to feature a photograph from the late James Gaither (aka J.G. in S.F.@Flickr). Today we feature Hoita strobilina (image 1 | image 2), or Loma Prieta hoita, of the Fabaceae. These photographs were taken in Regional Parks Botanic Garden, in Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills in July of 2009, and uploaded to the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool. Thanks again, James!

Hoita strobilina is a threatened, perennial herb endemic to California. It occurs naturally in chaparral or oak woodland on serpentine, or Franciscan-formation substrata. It descends into gravelly creek beds draining from the mountains into the Santa Clara Valley. This species went largely unnoticed (and without protection measures) until a comprehensive monograph was conducted. It is now listed as rare, threatened, or endangered in California and elsewhere by the California Native Plant Society. The CNPS also notes that this species is threatened by urbanization, and possibly by feral pigs and foot traffic.

Hoita strobilina
Hoita strobilina

5 responses to “Hoita strobilina”

  1. Dianne

    Many of your photographs are so beautiful. Have they been collected into a book? I’ve been searching for botanical prints and a book of your postings would be just the ticket!

  2. Bonnie

    Certainly a beautiful plant and photograph.

  3. Cindy

    An herb eh? Wonder what it tastes like.

  4. Lori Skulski

    Please note that the word “herb” means a herbaceous plant, that is, a non-woody one. (Referring to a plant as a herb doesn’t imply any edibility or savoury quality.)

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Dianne, maybe someday, but it would necessarily have to be limited to photographs from UBC staff. It would be very complicated compiling the necessary rights and licenses from all the BPotD contributors and adequately compensating them for any venture that involves sales.

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