Marsh Gumplant
(Grindelia stricta)

HABITAT: Marsh gumplant is common in the upper zones of salt marshes from San Francisco Bay up into Oregon. Though it can live in very salty soil, gumplant is not adapted to live underwater. It grows in the high zone of most Bay wetlands, where the water cannot reach it at high tide.

FOOD FOR: The flowers, which bloom between August and October, are an important source of nectar for marsh insects.

FUN FACT: Gumplant gets its name from its sticky sap, which feels like gum that accumulates in the center and at the base of its big yellow flowers. The  HYPERLINK “http://www.savesfbay.org/site/lookup.asp?c=dgKLLSOwEnH&b=886635” Ohlone used this sap as a salve to soothe burns and rashes.