Nevada Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Spring-loving centaury
(Centaurium namophilum)

Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Centaurium
Species: namophilum
 
Habitat: Ash Meadows in Nye Co., Nevada and historically in California
 

Official Status:

Threatened
 

Life History:

This centaury is the only listed plant taxon within Ash Meadows that is not endemic to the area however, Ash Meadows is the only area it now occupies. Little is known about its life history or habitat requirements. General observations indicate it is an annual species that flowers during the late summer and autumn. It is a member of the gentian family and has a low and branching habit and pinkish flowers.

 

Distribution and Habitat:

 

It is found moist to wet clay soils along the banks of streams or in seepage areas and is often found with the Ash Meadows gumplant.

 

Threats:

 

The loss of habitat by recent agricultural and municipal development activities, the clearing of land for road construction,the removal of ground water and diversion of surface spring flow, and local mining activities threaten the integrity of the species' habitat and,therefore, their survival.

 

Actions / Current Information:

 

Date Citation Title
05/21/2010 75 FR 28636 28642 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 34 Species in California and Nevada; Availability of 96 Completed 5-Year Reviews in California and Nevada  
11/03/2005 70 FR 66842 66844 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Extension of Comment Period for the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle, Smith's Blue Butterfly, Delhi Sands Flower Loving Fly, Morro Shoulderband Snail, Giant Garter Snake, San Francisco Garter Snake, Island Night Lizard, California Least Tern, Least Bell's Vireo, Chinese Camp Brodiaea, Mariposa Pussypaws, San Clemente Island Indian Paintbrush, Spring-Loving Centaury, Springville Clarkia, San Clemente Island Larkspur, Santa Barbara Island Dudleya, Ash Meadows Gumplant, San Clemente Island Woodland Star, San Clemente Island Lotus, San Clemente Island Bush Mallow, Amargosa Niterwort, Eureka Valley Evening Primrose, Yreka Phlox, Hartweg's Golden Sunburst, San Joaquin Adobe Sunburst, Santa Cruz Island Rock-Cress, Keck's Checker-mallow, Eureka Dune Grass, Kneeland Prairie Pennycress, Hidden Lake Bluecurls, and Red Hills Vervain 5-Year Reviews.  
07/07/2005 70 FR 39327 39329 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle, Smith's Blue Butterfly, Delhi Sands Flower Loving Fly, Morro Shoulderband Snail, Giant Garter Snake, San Francisco Garter Snake, Island Night Lizard, California Least Tern, Least Bell's Vireo, Chinese Camp Brodiaea, Mariposa Pussypaws, San Clemente Island Indian Paintbrush, Spring-Loving Centaury, Springville Clarkia, San Clemente Island Larkspur, Santa Barbara Island Dudleya, Ash Meadows Gumplant, San Clemente Island Woodland Star, San Clemente Island Lotus, San Clemente Island Bush Mallow, Amargosa Niterwort, Eureka Valley Evening Primrose, Yreka Phlox, Hartweg's Golden Sunburst, San Joaquin Adobe Sunburst, Santa Cruz Island Rock-Cress, Keck's Checker-mallow, Eureka Dune Grass, Kneeland Prairie Pennycress, Hidden Lake Bluecurls, and Red Hills Vervain  
05/20/1985 50 FR 20777 20794 Determination of Thr. Status w/ Crit. Hab for 6 Plants & 1 Insect in Ash Meadows, NV & CA; & End. Status w/ Crit. Hab. for 1 Plant in Ash Meadows; 50 FR 20777-20794  
10/13/1983 48 FR 46590 46598 Proposed End. Status & Crit. Hab. for Seven Plant & One Insect Species in Ash Meadows, NV & CA; 48 FR 46590-46598  
       
       
   
Last updated: April 16, 2014