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Tennessee celebrates flower rebound

by webdev

August 19, 2011

One of the first plants that was listed as federally endangered has made a comeback in Tennessee, the Daily News Journal reports.

Tennessee residents took a short hike through the Cedars of Lebanon State Park Thursday to view and celebrate the success of the Tennessee purple coneflower, which has been on the endangered species list for over three decades. The flower will be removed from the national list on September 2 but will be monitored for at least five years.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar called the flower's comeback the "best in endangered species conservation," the news source reports. He commended the people of Tennessee for bringing the species back from "the brink." Before it was rediscovered in the 1960s, it was thought to be extinct, according to the news source.

The purpley-pink-petalled flower's natural habitat is the globally unique cedar glades with limestone outcroppings found mostly in Davidson, Wilson and Rutherford counties, where cedar trees and leafy prairie clover thrive, the Tennessean reports.

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