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New plant species from the heart of Texas


July 9, 2014

spiny and wilted plant found in Valentine, Texas Collectors found two specimens of the prickly plant in 1974 and 1990 in Texas. Then, for two decades, the 14-inch-tall plant was identified wrongly as one species, then another, then a third. Now--after a long search turned up a "pathetic, wilted" third specimen--a University of Utah botanist and colleagues identified the spiny plant as a new, possibly endangered species and named it "from the heart" in Latin because it was found in Valentine, Texas. Full Story

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