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San Diego mesa mint (P. abramsii) at the vernal pools of San Diego National Wildlife Refuge.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Pogogyne

Hedeomoides Briq.

Pogogyne is a small genus of flowering plants in the mint family known generally as mesamints or mesa mints. They are native to Oregon, Idaho, California, and Baja California.[1][2][3]

These are small annual plants with glandular, aromatic foliage. They are somewhat variable in appearance but are mostly minty-scented herbs with leaves and flower inflorescences bordered with stiff hairs. The flowers are white or a shade of purple or pinkish-lavender. The best known species is the critically endangered vernal pool species San Diego mesa mint, P. abramsii, which is now found only in a few isolated patches of ground near San Diego, California.[4]

  1. Pogogyne abramsii Howell - San Diego mesa mint - San Diego County
  2. Pogogyne clareana J.T.Howell - Santa Lucia mesa mint - Monterey County
  3. Pogogyne douglasii Benth. - Douglas' mesa mint - Central + Northern California (Coast Ranges + Central Valley)
  4. Pogogyne floribunda Jokerst - profuseflower mesa mint - northern California, southern Oregon, southwestern Idaho
  5. Pogogyne nudiuscula A.Gray - Otay mesa mint - San Diego County + northern Baja California
  6. Pogogyne serpylloides (Torr.) A.Gray - thymeleaf mesa mint - California + Baja California
  7. Pogogyne ziziphoroides Benth. - Sacramento mesa mint - northern + central California, southwestern Oregon


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