Team rediscovers rare flower in Maryland after 112 years
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Officials say a rare flower has been rediscovered in Maryland after 112 years.
The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/223VsYo ) the riverbank goldenrod was found in Montgomery County. The state’s Department of Natural Resources officials made the announcement Wednesday.
Wes Knapp, a botanist and ecologist for the agency that found the yellow flowering plant, says the goldenrod is in Virginia but hasn’t been seen in Maryland since 1903.
Knapp and a team of researchers began their search in 2014. It wasn’t until a second outing in September 2015 that they found a patch of goldenrods, just west of Bethesda.
Also known as Solidago rupestris, the riverbank goldenrod is a member of the sunflower family. Officials say it’s rare on the East Coast, and is found along river edges scoured by floods.
Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com