Stewardship Account for Rosy Owl-clover: Orthocarpus bracteosus

Posted March 15, 2002 | Categories : 132,History,Photos,Rare Species,Research |

Orthocarpus bracteosus has been known in the Victoria area since 1893.    Historical records for Sidney, Oak Bay, Victoria and the Patricia Bay Highway are unmappable because the locality is too vague.    Historical records of populations at Rollin’s Farm, Blenkinsop (Lost) Lake, Mount Douglas (Cedar Hill) and Beacon Hill are at least 90 years old and no populations have been reported in recent years. They have probably been extirpated. The Elk Lake collection from 1933 may be from the same population as the 1954 collection from the Patricia Bay Highway but it has not been found recently despite detailed searches of the most suitable habitats by the senior author in 2000 and 2001.

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These searches also covered:

all of Trial Island,

suitable areas on Discovery Island,
Mount Douglas
Beacon Hill Park/Dallas Road Bluffs
east side of Elk and Beaver Lakes
Uplands Park/Cattle Point
Glencoe Cove
Macaulay Point
Saxe Point
Fort Rodd Hill
Ten Mile Point
Little Saanich Mountain (Observatory Hill)

Rosy owl clover, (Orthocarpus bracteosus)


The author most recently confirmed this site in July 2001.
In conclusion, there has been a consistent downward trend in the number of locations consistent with the urban growth and development of suitable areas on the shore and offshore islets around Victoria. The total extent of the occurrence of rosy owl-clover in Canada has similarly declined and now consists of a patch of approximately 300 m2 on Trial Island.