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Wed Sep 5, 2012, 06:53 PM

Coastal plant thought extinct for 65 years discovered, put on endangered list

Source: CNN

A flowering California shrub thought to be extinct in the wild for almost seven decades was added to the federal endangered species list Wednesday after a sharp-eyed biologist spotted the plant on a highway median while driving off the Golden Gate Bridge.

The last known Franciscan manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) was discovered in 2009 during a highway construction project, and after genetic tests confirmed the species, the state spent $109,000 on a crane to move the plant and its 12.5-ton root ball to another site so the $1 billion project could continue, federal and state officials said.

The low-growing coastal shrub was relocated to another area in the Presidio of San Francisco, a 1,491-acre national park next to the Golden Gate Bridge, federal officials said.

The evergreen is estimated to be more than 50 years old and was growing a few feet from traffic along the Doyle Drive roadway, also designated as U.S. Highway 101, which connects the bridge and San Francisco, officials said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/05/us/california-endangered-plant/index.html



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alp227 Sep 2012 OP
xchrom Sep 2012 #1
chknltl Sep 2012 #2
NCarolinawoman Sep 2012 #3
Bette Noir Sep 2012 #8
msedano Sep 2012 #11
zonkers Sep 2012 #4
hunter Sep 2012 #5
Pterodactyl Sep 2012 #6
lastlib Sep 2012 #7
cbrer Sep 2012 #9
2on2u Sep 2012 #10

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 06:55 PM

1. Cool! Nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 07:00 PM

2. Sure looks like salal, wonder if it is related?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 07:55 PM

3. Looks a bit like a blueberry bush....

.....those little lantern-shaped blossoms. Wonder if it is related in some way.

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Response to NCarolinawoman (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 6, 2012, 01:09 AM

8. Yes. Manzanita, salal, and blueberries are all in the heather family.

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Response to NCarolinawoman (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 6, 2012, 09:06 AM

11. folks call it "bear berry"

in fact, one manzanita is arctostophylos uva ursi.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 08:20 PM

4. Uh, call me dumb but why didn't they save clippings from the one found in 09?

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Response to zonkers (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 10:14 PM

5. The news is that it was added to the endangered species list.

I hope we find a few more, before any unscrupulous property developer does.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 10:17 PM

6. Awesome!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 11:06 PM

7. If they find any Texas Shrubs, I hope they pull 'em up by the roots!!

and burn it and spray the area with an herbicide. DON'T let it go to seed!!!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Sep 6, 2012, 01:21 AM

9. DROVE OFF THE BRIDGE?

 

Sorry, couldn't resist!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Sep 6, 2012, 06:14 AM

10. Glad this article isn't about GM but it surely could have been. n't

 

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