New native plant species discovered


Staff Report



Botanists found one presumed extirpated plant in 2021, curved tortilla moss (Tortella inclinata) in Ottawa County. It was last seen in the 1990s.

Botanists found one presumed extirpated plant in 2021, curved tortilla moss (Tortella inclinata) in Ottawa County. It was last seen in the 1990s.


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Hairy lip fern (Myriopteris lanosa) was discovered in Lawrence County.


Ohio Department of Natural Resources | Courtesy

Lovely shadbush (Amelanchier amabilis) was discovered in Cuyahoga County.


Ohio Department of Natural Resources | Courtesy

COLUMBUS — The number of native plant species in Ohio grew by five in 2021.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Area and Preserves (DNAP) stated via a news release, the agencies “had great success locating the state’s rarest plants last year.”

“Rare plant discoveries are exciting for the future conservation of our state,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “This was another great year for our botanical community, as nature continues to surprise and inspire us.”

Botanists found several new native plant species in Ohio including:

– Dodge’s hawthorn (Crataegus dodgei) was found in Portage County.

– Hairy lip fern (Myriopteris lanosa) was discovered in Lawrence County.

– Lovely shadbush (Amelanchier amabilis) was discovered in Cuyahoga County.

– Provancher’s fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. provancheri) was found in Ottawa County.

– Yellowish-white bladderwort (Utricularia ochroleuca) was discovered in Clark and Champaign counties.

“Finding new species and populations of rare plants is not only rewarding for the discoverers and exciting for the botanical community, it is critically important for their protection,” ODNR Chief Botanist Rick Gardner said. “It gives us the opportunity to survey, monitor, and target efforts to protect them and ensures a more accurate understanding of the species’ status as a whole.”

In addition to the new native plants, botanists found one presumed extirpated plant in 2021, curved tortilla moss (Tortella inclinata) in Ottawa County. It was last seen in the 1990s.

Other notable finds included more than a dozen endangered species, such as Coville’s scorpion-weed (Phacelia colvillei), small-flowered scorpion-weed (Phacelia dubia), primrose-leaved violet (Viola primulifolia), water-plantain spearwort (Ranunculus ambigens), and little prickly sedge (Carex echinata).

These surprising finds show that there are still important discoveries to be made throughout Ohio’s landscapes and natural communities.

Botanists found one presumed extirpated plant in 2021, curved tortilla moss (Tortella inclinata) in Ottawa County. It was last seen in the 1990s.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2022/02/web1_curved-tortilla-moss.jpgBotanists found one presumed extirpated plant in 2021, curved tortilla moss (Tortella inclinata) in Ottawa County. It was last seen in the 1990s. Ohio Department of Natural Resources | Courtesy

Hairy lip fern (Myriopteris lanosa) was discovered in Lawrence County.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2022/02/web1_Hairy-Lip-Fern.jpgHairy lip fern (Myriopteris lanosa) was discovered in Lawrence County. Ohio Department of Natural Resources | Courtesy

Lovely shadbush (Amelanchier amabilis) was discovered in Cuyahoga County.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2022/02/web1_Lovely-Shadbush.jpgLovely shadbush (Amelanchier amabilis) was discovered in Cuyahoga County. Ohio Department of Natural Resources | Courtesy

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