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Spreading Avens at Craggy Gardens | by BlueRidgeKitties
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Spreading Avens at Craggy Gardens

I thought I saw Geum radiatum at the upper overlook of the Craggy Pinnacle Trail last time I went for the sunset, but it was getting too dark to get a zoomed picture and tell for sure. I think this one now proves it. That's definitely Geum radiatum, growing right out there on the rock where lots of foolish people go trampling around after ignoring the signs to please stay on the trails to protect the rare plants up there. So next time you go, please don't climb out there. I can't imagine the view being any different than what you have on the actual overlook.

 

This rare and endangered species is a globally imperiled plant with only 11 populations left. Five other known populations have already been extirpated, likely carelessly trampled into extinction as they were growing on sites popular for recreational activities such as hiking and mountain climbing. The main threats to the remaining populations are erosion and soil compaction from, again, trampling. So please stay off the rocks whenever you see a sign asking you to do so in order to protect the fragile plants growing there.

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Taken on June 30, 2012