Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Chaffseed (Schwalbea americana) was formerly found in 15 states but is now known from only six (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, NJ). It is federally listed as endangered, and only occurs in areas that burn frequently. In Alabama, it was seen in southern Baldwin County in the 1960s and rediscovered in the northern part of the county more than 30 years later, only to seemingly disappear. Late last month it was discovered on private property in Bullock County in east-central Alabama. I won't say more than that, but I'm just happy I got to see it last week even though it was well past flower. Thanks to Eric Soehren for providing this picture from the site.