Two Tennessee Wildflowers Could Soon Be Endangered

Two Tennessee Wildflowers Could Soon Be Endangered

The US Fish and Wildlife Service says two wildflowers found in Tennessee could soon be on the endangered species list
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The US Fish and Wildlife Service says two wildflowers found in Tennessee could soon be on the endangered species list.

They want to add the Short's Bladderpod and the Whorled (pronounced - world) Sunflower to the list of species that need special protection.

Experts say both species are found closer to Nashville, but the Whorled Sunflower has ties to Madison and McNairy counties.

There's no set time for when the flowers might be added to the special protection list, but if the habitat conditions don't improve botanical experts say there's a possibility we could lose these species in our lifetime.

As land management and development occur, the plants are struggling to maintain a solid habitat.

According to Chris Cosby, with the Memphis Botanic Gardens, the Whorled Sunflower seed is ripe in the Fall, and waiting to mow grasslands will help its cause.

“If the mowing is held off until the fall you're actually dispersing that seed through the action of the mower. If you cut it down Midsummer, or mid to late Summer the seed is not yet mature and you've removed all of the seed for that season,” Cosby said.

Cosby also said they've got perfect conditions for both flowers to grow at the Memphis Botanical Gardens, so they may try to bring them back there.
Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus