LOS ANGELES (AP) — After nearly 20 years on the federal list of endangered and threatened species, a tiny flowering plant that only grows on the shores around a single vernal pool in a Southern California mountain range has recovered. The Hidden Lake bluecurl will officially be delisted on July 2, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The plant lives high in the San Jacinto Mountains around an ephemeral pool that comes and goes with the seasons. It was placed on the federal list in 1998 because trampling by hikers and horses and its extremely limited range raised concerns that it might become extinct.A member of the mint family, the Hidden Lake bluecurl is an annual that grows about 4 inches (10 centimeters) tall and produces blue flowers. The recovery came about through protection of the habitat in Mount San Jacinto State Park. Bluecurl seeds have also been stored in a seed bank so that plants can be reintroduced into the wild in case the natural population is somehow wiped out. The Fish and Wildlife Service credited the recovery to its partnership between the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and other partners…. Read full this story
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