The Newfoundland Rare Plant Project

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Not collected since the 1950's, the very rare Rock Dwelling Sedge [Carex petricosa var. misandroides] was relocated in Goose Arm, Bay of Islands

Not collected since the 1950's, the very rare Rock Dwelling Sedge [Carex petricosa var. misandroides]
was relocated in Goose Arm, Bay of Islands







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  • During the last three summers [1999-2001], one or more teams of botanists completed habitat descriptions for 1,645 individual sites, both on the Island, and on the nearby Labrador Straits coast.

    At these sites, 21,314 plant observations were made, and 7,622 specimens were collected.

    Most of the collections were of vascular plants, but mosses, liverworts, lichens, and stoneworts were also included.

    Eight species were found, that had never been collected on the Island before.

    Six species were relocated, that had not been seen on the Island for 50 years or more.

    The known range of six other species was significantly extended.

    On the other hand, a number of species were determined to be more common than previously thought, and will likely be dropped from the list of rare species during the next reassessment of their status.





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