Species At-Risk List

For the benefit of the plant communities, wild animals, harvesters, farmers, consumers, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners, we offer this list of wild medicinal plants which we feel are currently most sensitive to the impact of human activities.

Our intent is to assure the increasing abundance of the medicinal plants which are currently in decline due to expanding popularity and shrinking habitat and range. UpS is not asking for a moratorium on the use of these herbs. Rather, we are initiating programs designed to preserve these important wild medicinal plants.

(Overall at-risk scores are indicated in parentheses.)

SandalwoodSantalum spp. (Hawaii only) (75)

KavaPiper methysticum (Hawaii only) (68)

American Ginseng – Panax quinquefolius (63)

Venus Fly TrapDionaea muscipula (61)

SundewDrosera spp. (58)

Maidenhair FernAdiantum pedatum (52)

Cascara SagradaFrangula purshiana (51)

Squirrel CornDicentra canadensis (51)

GoldensealHydrastis canadensis (50)

Lady’s Slipper OrchidCypripedium spp. (50)

Ramps - Allium tricoccum (recently added) (50)

LomatiumLomatium dissectum (50)

False Unicorn RootChamaelirium luteum (49)

PeyoteLophophora williamsii (49)

Stream OrchidEpipactis gigantea (49)

White SageSalvia apiana (49)

OshaLigusticum porteri (48)

BloodrootSanguinaria canadensis (47)

Virginia Dutchman's PipeAristolochia sp. (47)

Trillium, Beth Root - Trillium spp. (46)

True Unicorn RootAletris farinosa (46)

Blue CohoshCaulophyllum thalictroides (45)

Echinacea – Echinacea spp. (44)

Elephant TreeBursera microphylla (44)

Wild Indigo Baptisia tinctoria (42)

Butterfly WeedAsclepias tuberosa (41)

Stone RootCollinsonia canadensis (41)

Wild Yam – Dioscorea villosa (41)

Yerba MansaAnemopsis californica (41)

Black CohoshActaea racemosa (40)

Eyebright Euphrasia spp. (40)

PipsissewaChimaphila umbellata (40)

ChaparroCastela emoryi (39)

Pink RootSpigelia marilandica (35)

Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum (34)

Slippery ElmUlmus rubra (34)

Lobelia – Lobelia inflata

ArnicaArnica spp.

GentianGentiana spp.

GoldthreadCoptis spp.


List of Herbs & Analogs by Jane Bothwell

Bothwell At Risk Analogs 1Bothwell At Risk Analogs 2

List of Herbs & Analogs by Jane Bothwell (PDF)

 


United Plant Savers Species At-Risk Assessment Tool