Reasons: Acanthomintha lanceolata is endemic to California and is known from Alameda, Fresno, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Stanislaus counties. The California Native Plant Society indicateS that A. lanceolata is distributed widely enough and found sufficient enough numbers that the potential for extinction of this species is currently low (2001). While it does occur widely in California, it is considered fairly endangered. Grazing exists as a possible threat (CNPS 2001). A. lanceolata occurs in arid and rocky places and often on serpentine slopes (Hickman 1993) in chaparral, cismontane woodland and coastal scrub between 80 and 1200 meters in elevation (CNPS 2001 and Hickman 1993).
Acanthomintha lanceolata is a species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name Santa Clara thornmint. It is endemic to California, where it is known from several counties surrounding and south of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an uncommon resident of rocky habitat in coastal and inland mountain ranges.
This is a small, hairy annual herb growing to about 30 centimeters in maximum height. It is coated in glandular hairs and it has an unpleasant scent. The oval-shaped, toothed leaves are 1 to 2 centimeters long and have spiny, glandular surfaces.
The inflorescence includes bracts armed with centimeter-long spines and glandular, hairy white to pink-tinted flowers up to 2.5 centimeters long. Each flower has lobed, hooded upper and lower lips forming a deep cup.
Typical habitat type is shale or serpentine scree.