Monardella undulata facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMonardella undulata
Monardella undulata is an uncommon species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name curlyleaf monardella.
Monardella undulata is a mostly hairless annual herb producing an erect, reddish stem up to 0.5 metres (1.6 ft) in height, and 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) in diameter. The fleshy, wavy-edged leaves are located in clusters along the stem.
The inflorescence is a head of several flowers blooming in a small cup of rough-haired, sometimes purple-tinged bracts up to 3 centimeters wide. The flowers are purple in color and up to 2 centimeters long.
- Monardella undulata ssp. arguelloensis — endemic to Point Arguello in Santa Barbara County.
- Monardella undulata ssp. crispa — endemic to coastal sage scrub habitats of northern Santa Barbara County and southern San Luis Obispo County.
- Monardella undulata ssp. undulata — endemic to coastal sage scrub habitats of northern Santa Barbara and southern San Luis Obispo Counties.
The plant is threatened by forces that degrade its coastline habitat, such as sand mining and competing introduced plant species.
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