Cirsium occidentale var. compactum

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Variety compactum is locally common along the immediate coast of northern San Luis Obispo County and formerly ranged as far north as San Francisco. Populations referable to this race occur on the California Channel Islands and on the mainland in Monterey County. Because of the very narrow ecologic zone occupied by these plants they are particularly vulnerable to habitat loss. Variety compactum is closely related to vars. occidentale and coulteri.