Pogogyne abramsii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Pogogyne
P. abramsii
Binomial name
Pogogyne abramsii

Pogogyne abramsii is a rare species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name San Diego mesa mint.


It is endemic to San Diego County, California, where it is known only from a few sites at vernal pools in and around San Diego and its suburbs. Much of its range is located on the grounds of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The plant has been federally listed as an endangered species since 1978.[1]


Pogogyne abramsii is a small, aromatic, densely hairy annual herb producing erect stems topped with tiny but showy inflorescences. The inflorescence contains purple-tinged green bracts and densely hairy sepals surrounding lipped, bell-shaped flowers each about a centimeter long. The flower is pinkish-purple with a purple-spotted white throat. It has a strong mint scent.

The plant is pollinated by several species of bee, including honey bees (Apis mellifera), Exomalopsis nitens and E. torticornis, and the bee fly Bombylius facialis.[2]

The epithet abramsii commemorates LeRoy Abrams.[3]


  1. ^ USFWS. Determination of five plants as endangered species. Federal Register
  2. ^ Schiller, J. R.; et al. (2000). "The effect of density-dependent insect visits, flowering phenology, and plant size on seed set of the endangered vernal pool plant Pogogyne abramsii (Lamiaceae) in natural compared to created vernal pools". Wetlands. 20: 2. doi:10.1672/0277-5212(2000)020[0386:teoddi]2.0.co;2.
  3. ^ Eggli, U.; Newton, L.E. (2004). Etymological Dictionary of Succulent Plant Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 1. ISBN 978-3-540-00489-9. Retrieved 20 September 2018.

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