USA – Rare flower discovered on former aggregate site

USA – Rare flower discovered on former aggregate site
Published: 17 November 2003

When RMC South Florida Inc donated its aggregate site to Florida International University little did the company know that the site held botanical treasures. Preliminary research by the university has resulted in the discovery of two populations of bracted colic root (Aletris bracteata), a world endangered species related to lilies. That the discovery is a rare find is illustrated by the fact that it occurs only in Florida’s Dade and Monroe Counties, apart from the northern islands of the Bahamas. No more than 6000 plants are considered to exist worldwide.