Menzies’ Wallflower (76 of 366)

Menzies' Wallflower at Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, California

2016 Photo of the Day, 76 of 366: Menzies’ Wallflower at Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, California

Menzies’ Wallflower (Erysimum menziesii) is an endangered species of plant because it is found only in the declining beach sand dune habitat on the California coastline.  One of the three places where it can be found is in Monterey County, and specifically at Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve.  The 25 acres of restored and protected sand dune area has a boardwalk which allows you to see the flowering plant up close, though most of the time they are covered with wire cages to protect them from the deer.  During my visit to Asilomar, I was able to spot this lone plant unprotected and growing right next to the board walk.  Measuring in a just a few inches high, they are a rare but beautiful sight.

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