Red-fruited lomatium is endemic to high-elevation, open habitat in the Elkhorn Mountains. This species is found on steep south- and east-facing slopes in gravelly soils. Red-fruited lomatium occurs primarily on one soil type, Elkhorn argillite, but is occasionally found on limestone soils.
This species is naturally rare, with extremely limited geographic distribution.
Given highly variable numbers, conduct demographic studies and identify factors driving fluctuations; determine whether observed variation in population density is simply an artifact of census methodology. Assess seed viability, longevity, and germination rates. Evaluate the effects of recreational trails and grazing by wildlife on this species.
Continue monitoring populations to assess trends and identify their drivers. Conduct surveys to determine if additional populations exist.