Endangered Plants

Sacramento Mountain Thistle (Cirsium vinaceum) Pecos Sunflower (Helianthus paradoxus) at State Forestry's Blue Hole Cienega Sacramento Mountains Prickly Poppy
Sacramento Mountain Thistle (Cirsium vinaceum) Pecos Sunflower (Helianthus paradoxus) Sacramento Prickly Poppy (Argemone pleiacantha - spp. pinnatisecta)


The New Mexico Endangered Plant Program

(EMNRD - Forestry Division)

The Forestry Division has statutory responsibility for the State Endangered Plant Species List. Section 75-6-1 NMSA 1978 directs the Division to investigate all plant species in the state for the purpose of establishing a list of endangered plant species (NMAC). In this capacity the Forestry Division gathers information relating to population abundance, distribution, habitat requirements, threats, limiting factors, and other biological and ecological data to determine the status of an endangered species. The information is then used to develop conservation measures necessary for the species’ survival. The statute further directs the Division to establish a program necessary to promote the conservation of listed endangered plant species including research, inventory and monitoring, law enforcement, habitat maintenance, education, and propagation. Currently New Mexico has 37 plant species that are listed endangered, including 13 federally listed species (Click here for the list). The Endangered Plant Program is primarily federally funded through Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act for endangered plant research and management. Current and past project funding includes:

      • Status surveys and reports on sensitive, proposed, candidate and listed species
      • Writing recovery plans
      • Writing 5-year reviews
      • Coordinating and carrying-out recovery actions
      • Long term population trend monitoring of endangered plants
      • Resolving taxonomic questions
      • Researching habitat requirements and population demographics
      • Educational projects

Click here for a list of status reports published by New Mexico State Forestry's Endangered Plant Program - Rare and Endangered Plant Status Reports

If you are applying for an endangered plant transplant permit, please click here for information required for a transplant permit application (NM Transplant Application Procedures).

For information about New Mexico State Forestry's Rare and Endangered Plants Program, please contact:

Daniela Roth - Endangered Plant Program Coordinator

(505) 476-3347


Useful Links for Rare Plant Information

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 2013.  New Mexico Ecological Field Office.  Threatened and Endangered Species. http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/NewMexico/ES_home.cfm

NatureServe Explorer. 2102. http://www.natureserve.org/explorer/

Navajo Natural Heritage Program.  2012.  http://nnhp.nndfw.org/

New Mexico Natural Heritage Program.  2012. https://nhnm.unm.edu/

New Mexico Native Plant Society.  2012. http://www.npsnm.org/

New Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council. 1999. New Mexico Rare Plants. Albuquerque, NM: New Mexico Rare Plants Home Page. http://nmrareplants.unm.edu/ (Latest update: 30 March 2012).

New Mexico State University.  2012.  Range Science Herbarium.  http://aces.nmsu.edu/academics/rangescienceherbarium/index.html

Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet). 2012. http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/index.php

University of New Mexico Herbarium.  2012. Museum of Southwestern Biology. http://www.msb.unm.edu/herbarium/

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  2012.  Endangered Species Program.  http://www.fws.gov/endangered/


Holy Ghost Ipomopsis (Ipomopsis sancti-spiritus) Mesa Verde cactus (Sclerocactus mesae-verdae) Sneed's pincushion cactus (Escobaria sneedii var. sneedii)
Holy Ghost ipomopsis (Ipomopsis sancti-spiritus) Mesa Verde cactus (Sclerocactus mesae-verdae) Sneed’s pincushion cactus (Escobaria sneedii var. sneedii)



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