|Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. palustris (Point Reyes bird's beak)|
Point Reyes bird’s beak is an annual that blooms June through September and produces fruits August through November. This species reproduces from seed, but requires very specific levels of salinity in the marsh in order for the seeds to germinate. There is some evidence indicating that Point Reyes bird’s beak is a self-pollinator, unlike similar species which require pollinators. This plant is a member of the Orobancaceae family, which consists of holoparasitic and hemiparasitic plant species. Hemiparasitic plants, such as Point Reyes bird’s beak, can produce some of their own energy through photosynthesis, but also utilize underground root connections to derive resources from neighboring plants. While this particular species lacks host specificity, it is commonly found in association with Virginia glasswort (Salicornia depressa), marsh rosemary (Limonium californicum) and marsh jaumea (Jaumea carnosa).
|IAE crew members (L to R: Erin, Eddie, Charlotte, Guy) monitoring community composition and population density along transect.|
|ORV tracks through the C. maritimus population|