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Fountain Thistle Parking Lot

Lessingia Court

San Mateo, CA 94402

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Our work at this site is a restoration success story. Once almost completely displaced by jubata grass (Andean pampas grass), the federally endangered fountain thistle (Cirsium fontinalevar. fontinale) has largely recovered as a result of the work done by CNPS volunteers. Fountain thistle grows in an unusual specialized habitat, serpentine seeps, and is found only here and in few other nearby locations on the Peninsula. However, it is still under threat from other non-native plants, such as yellow star-thistle, sow thistle, and wallaby grass (Rhytidosperma caespitosum) and by woody plants trying to convert the area to shrubland or woodland.

Initiated by the Yerba Buena Chapter in 2008, the restoration became a joint project with the Santa Clara Valley Chapter. Jake Sigg is now relinquishing the leading role to Don Thomas from SCV.

We’ll meet at the end of Lessingia Court in San Mateo. Take I-280 South to CA 92E (exit 33) toward SanMateo/Hayward. From 92 E take exit 9A for Ralston Ave toward Belmont. Keep right at fork, follow signs for Polhemus Rd and merge onto Ralston Ave. Continue onto Polhemus Rd. Turn left onto Paul Scannell Dr., thenleft onto Lessingia Ct.

For more information, contact jakesigg@earthlink.net. Optional camaraderie over Greek pizza afterwards.

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