June 24, 2008

Rare Wildflower Discovered in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. - Maybe they don't call it the Garden State for nothing.

A wildflower never before seen in New Jersey has been found in a forest here. The fern-leaf scorpion-flower (Phacelia bipinnatifida) has been documented at Whittingham Wildlife Management Area in Sussex County. Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa Jackson announced the discovery Thursday. The tiny, lavender-blue flower will be listed as endangered. The species is native to Virginia and West Virginia.

- The Associated Press

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