The desert cymopterus is a perennial herb in the carrot family.
About 90 percent of the known desert cymopterus plants are located on Edwards Air Force Base.
Two conservation groups, the Center for Biological Diversity and the California Native Plant Society, are pushing federal officials to protect the desert cymopterus, saying development, cattle grazing and off-road vehicles are destroying the plant's habitat.
An environmental group called the Center for Biological Diversity earlier this week asked for the race to be postponed or relocated, citing concerns for potential harm to desert tortoises and Mohave ground squirrels and to rare plants, including the Barstow woolly sunflower and desert cymopterus
The race also endangers two plant species, the Barstow woolly sunflower and desert cymopterus
, Patterson said.
The Center for Biological Diversity and the California Native Plant Society sued in federal court in San Francisco, alleging the Bush administration failed to respond to a citizens' petition to safeguard the desert cymopterus, a perennial herb in the carrot family, also known as desert spring parsley.
The desert cymopterus ranges from the Cuddeback Lake basin, southeast of Ridgecrest, to the Rogers and Buckhorn dry lake basins on Edwards Air Force Base, according to the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, whose work acquiring preserves for the tortoise also saves habitat for the plant.
Fort Irwin consists of approximately 755,000 acres in the Mojeve Desert and is home to six known flora/fauna and threatened, endangered or sensitive (TES) species, including the Lane Mountain Milkvetch, Desert Tortoise, Mojave Fringe Toed Lizard, Desert Cymopterus
, Burrowing Owls, and the Mojave Ground Squirrel.
Photosensitization in ducklings induced by seeds of Cymopterus watsonii and C.
Photosensitizing effects of Cymopterus watsonii and Cymopterus longipes in chickens and turkey poults.
C, E, Ha N 4222 [Chervil] Cymopterus
macrorhizus Buckley E, Ha N 3137 [Big-root wavewing] Eryngium leavenworthii Torr.
Other examples of genera with winged fruits not included in that study include Anethum, Angelica, Cymopterus
, Ferula, Heracleum, Laserpitium, Ligusticum, Lomatium, Pastinaca, and Thapsia.