February 19, 2012
Carex aggregata Rediscovered in New York

What could possibly make Manhattanites more excited than to know that they’re the proud keepers of an endangered plant? Really, this one is stumping me.

The New York Flora Association reports that a rediscovered sedge known as Carex aggregata has been uncovered in a few locations around New York, including a colony in Inwood Park at the northern tip of Manhattan Island. It has the distinction of being the only known endangered or threatened plant species to exist there.

Congratulations, uptowners! I suppose it’s not as exciting as winning the lottery, but maybe it’s something you can bring up during a particularly awkward lull in conversation at the water cooler. —MN

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