Cordylanthus rigidus ssp. littoralis
Common Name: seaside bird's-beak
Family: Orobanchaceae
Synonyms: Cordylanthus littoralis ssp. littoralis
Element Code: PDSCR0J0P2
Full Name: Cordylanthus rigidus (Benth.) Jeps. ssp. littoralis (Ferris) Chuang & Heckard

Biology Glossary
  • Lifeform: annual herb (hemiparasitic)
  • Blooming Period: April - October
  • Habitat: sandy, often disturbed sites.
    • Closed-cone coniferous forest
    • Chaparral (maritime)
    • Cismontane woodland
    • Coastal dunes
    • Coastal scrub
Rarity Status Glossary
Occurrence Data from DFG
California Natural Diversity Database Glossary
  • Total # of Known Element Occurrences: 40
  • Element Occurrence Ranks:
    A B C D X U
    2 7 1 0 2 28
  • Population Status:
    >20 yrs
    <=20 yrs
    28 12
  • Presence:
    Present Extant Possibly Extirpated Extirpated
    38 2 0
Notes Glossary
  • Known from fewer than twenty occurrences. Threatened by development, energy projects, road widening, vehicles, and military operations. Possibly threatened by non-native plants. See Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 45:399-423 (1918) for original description, and Systematic Botany Monographs 10:35-48 (1986) for taxonomic treatment.
  • To submit rare plant observation data, use the CNDDB field survey form. Please see also the CNPS Rare Plant Data page.
  • Date Added: 1980-01-01
  • Last Update: 2013-04-29
Location Glossary
  • Elevation: 0 - 515 meters
  • California Endemic: yes
  • States: California
  • California Counties and Islands:   name (code)
    Monterey (MNT),  Santa Barbara (SBA)
  • Quads:   name (DWR code) USGS code
    Santa Ynez (169D) 34120E1,  Los Alamos (170A) 34120F3,  Lompoc (170B) 34120F4,  Lompoc Hills (170C) 34120E4,  Santa Rosa Hills (170D) 34120E3,  Surf (171A) 34120F5,  Tranquillon Mtn. (171D) 34120E5,  Orcutt (195C) 34120G4,  Casmalia (196D) 34120G5,  Mt. Carmel (344A) 36121D7,  Soberanes Point (344B) 36121D8,  Salinas (365B) 36121F6,  Spreckels (365C) 36121E6,  Marina (366A)* 36121F7,  Monterey (366C)* 36121E8,  Seaside (366D) 36121E7,  Prunedale (386C) 36121G6,  Moss Landing (387D) 36121G7
  • Notes:
      Definitions of codes preceding a county and/or quad:
      * Presumed extirpated
      ? Uncertain about distribution or identity
      ?* Uncertain about distribution, but presumed extirpated if once present
      (?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
      Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable.
Presumed Extant Presumed Extirpated or Unknown 504
Links to Leading Resources of Taxon Information
Suggested Citation
CNPS, Rare Plant Program. . Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants (online edition, v8-02). California Native Plant Society, Sacramento, CA. Website [accessed ].

34120E1=Santa Ynez (169D) 34120E1;34120F3=Los Alamos (170A) 34120F3;34120F4=Lompoc (170B) 34120F4;34120E4=Lompoc Hills (170C) 34120E4;34120E3=Santa Rosa Hills (170D) 34120E3;34120F5=Surf (171A) 34120F5;34120E5=Tranquillon Mtn. (171D) 34120E5;34120G4=Orcutt (195C) 34120G4;34120G5=Casmalia (196D) 34120G5;36121D7=Mt. Carmel (344A) 36121D7;36121D8=Soberanes Point (344B) 36121D8;36121F6=Salinas (365B) 36121F6;36121E6=Spreckels (365C) 36121E6;36121F7=Marina (366A)* 36121F7;36121E8=Monterey (366C)* 36121E8;36121E7=Seaside (366D) 36121E7;36121G6=Prunedale (386C) 36121G6;36121G7=Moss Landing (387D) 36121G7