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Last Chance townsendia, Townsendia aprica, is a Federally listed threatened plant that occurs in Emery County, Sevier County, and Wayne County, Utah. A member of the sunflower family, this species is a stemless perennial herb with flower heads submersed in its ground-level leaves. The flowers bloom in late April and May, and have yellow to golden petals. Last Chance townsendia is found in clay, clay-silt, or gravelly clay soils derived from the Mancos Formation; these soils are often densely covered with biological soil crusts. The species grows in salt desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities, at elevations ranging from 1686 to 2560 meters.


  • Armstrong, V.A. and K.H. Thorne. 1991. Challenge Cost Share report for Bureau of Land Management. Target species: Townsendia aprica Welsh & Reveal. Prepared for USDI Bureau of Land Management, Richfield District Office, Richfield, UT. 14 pp.

  • Biotics Database. 2005. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, NatureServe, and the network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers.