With the assistance of private landowners, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has been working diligently to monitor harperella plants growing along the edges of streams and creeks in the eastern panhandle. This unique plant species is a federally endangered plant typically found growing in sediment deposits in exposed bedrock and along sediment bars. By studying the plant, DNR biologists hope to monitor threats to existing patches and aid in the plant’s recovery.
The following photos and information are courtesy of Kevin Oxenrider, a wildlife biologist for DNR District II.
DNR biologists count the number of harperella plants, and monitor changes and threats to existing patches of this endangered plant.
Harperella is a small, herbaceous plant with hollow, quill-like leaves. The harperella flower consists of multiple white flowers that occur in heads, or umbels.
Biologists flag the boundary to delineate harperella patches and assist in counting the plant. This photo shows flags delineating one of West Virginia’s largest patches of harperella, and one of the largest patches of this plant left in the world.
DNR biologists count the number of harperella plants and monitor changes and threats to existing patches of this endangered plant.
Learn more about WV DNR’s work at www.wvdnr.gov.