Can you believe that the possession of any amount of San Diego Thornmint represents a more serious crime than the possession of marijuana in the United States? It’s completely true.
The San Diego Thornmint represents an extremely rare species of flowering plant and forms a unique member of the mint family. Its range now remains extremely restricted. Currently, the species is believed to exist only in Baja California, and San Diego County in the United States.
In addition, the US Federal Government has now officially listed the San Diego Thornmint as an endangered and protected species. Habitat loss appears to be the primary threat to its continued existence. Unfortunately, much of its former range is now under human habitation. Also, non-native grasses have taken over large swathes of the habitat once belonging to the San Diego Thornmint.
San Diego Thornmint Physical Characteristics and Habitat
The small but lovely San Diego Thornmint is a unique annual species. In fact, it typically attains a height of approximately 6 in (15 cm) and has oval shaped leaves which average about 0.6 in (1.5 cm) in length.
This plant is herbaceous in nature. Also, as a relative to the mint, it smells quite wonderful.
The beautiful small flowers typical of this species never fail to come in copious clusters and are typically either a bright pink or a bright purple in color. Blooming typically occurs between April and June.
The San Diego Thornmint primarily lives in regions of coastal scrubland, chaparral, or grassland habitats. The species may also occasionally inhabit wetlands. Further, it grows mostly in calcareous clay soil.
At present, only 59 small populations of this endangered species are known to exist in the wild.