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  •   The Scrub Morning Glory is a rare flowering plant in the (as the name implies) morning glory family. Fewer than 100 known populations of this plant remain. The lovely […]

    Scrub Morning Glory

      The Scrub Morning Glory is a rare flowering plant in the (as the name implies) morning glory family. Fewer than 100 known populations of this plant remain. The lovely […]

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  •   The lovely Maguire Daisy is a plant species with a unique status….for TWO separate reasons! In 1987, it was ACCIDENTALLY listed as an Endangered Species! Naturally, you wonder HOW? […]

    Maguire Daisy

      The lovely Maguire Daisy is a plant species with a unique status….for TWO separate reasons! In 1987, it was ACCIDENTALLY listed as an Endangered Species! Naturally, you wonder HOW? […]

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  •   Ringing Rocks is proof that our beautiful world still harbors many mysteries, both large and small! One of those “smaller” mysteries is this still unexplained conglomeration of stones. This […]

    Ringing Rocks

      Ringing Rocks is proof that our beautiful world still harbors many mysteries, both large and small! One of those “smaller” mysteries is this still unexplained conglomeration of stones. This […]

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  •   The aptly named Sweat Bee (ugh…what’s in a name?) derives its name from its tendency to be attracted to the salt that is secreted in human perspiration. So when […]

    Sweat Bee

      The aptly named Sweat Bee (ugh…what’s in a name?) derives its name from its tendency to be attracted to the salt that is secreted in human perspiration. So when […]

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  •   Behold the Devils Walking Stick! Yes, that really is the common name for this unique plant. Just imagine brushing against those thorns while in the forest! Also sometimes known […]

    Devils Walking Stick

      Behold the Devils Walking Stick! Yes, that really is the common name for this unique plant. Just imagine brushing against those thorns while in the forest! Also sometimes known […]

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  •   In at least one way, the delicate Four Petal Pawpaw (What a name! Unique….but descriptive!) is a plant whose evolutionary development defies explanation. How, you ask? We’ll tell you! […]

    Four Petal Pawpaw

      In at least one way, the delicate Four Petal Pawpaw (What a name! Unique….but descriptive!) is a plant whose evolutionary development defies explanation. How, you ask? We’ll tell you! […]

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  •   We all know how “picky” delicate beauties can be, right? Well, it is the same for the Virginia Jointvetch or Aeschynomene Virginica. This is a very rare species of […]

    Virginia Jointvetch

      We all know how “picky” delicate beauties can be, right? Well, it is the same for the Virginia Jointvetch or Aeschynomene Virginica. This is a very rare species of […]

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  •   Can you believe that the possession of San Diego Thornmint represents a more serious crime than the possession of marijuana in the United States? It’s true! The San Diego […]

    San Diego Thornmint

      Can you believe that the possession of San Diego Thornmint represents a more serious crime than the possession of marijuana in the United States? It’s true! The San Diego […]

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  •   Despite the common name by which it is known, the Bald Faced Hornet is not a true hornet. This eusocial insect is actually a species of yellowjacket. This species […]

    Bald Faced Hornet

      Despite the common name by which it is known, the Bald Faced Hornet is not a true hornet. This eusocial insect is actually a species of yellowjacket. This species […]

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  •   The aptly named Sliding Rock is a small slide-type waterfall. This geological formation is in western North Carolina, United States. The popular name for this waterfall comes from the fact […]

    Sliding Rock

      The aptly named Sliding Rock is a small slide-type waterfall. This geological formation is in western North Carolina, United States. The popular name for this waterfall comes from the fact […]

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  •   Palouse Falls is a remote waterfall on the Palouse River. It is 4 mi (6.4 km) upstream from where the river joins the Snake River. Both of these are in […]

    Palouse Falls

      Palouse Falls is a remote waterfall on the Palouse River. It is 4 mi (6.4 km) upstream from where the river joins the Snake River. Both of these are in […]

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  •   The Pelican Flower is the common name for the Aristolochia grandiflora.  There are approximately 120 known species of Aristolochia worldwide. The Pelican Flower is the largest of these. In […]

    Pelican Flower

      The Pelican Flower is the common name for the Aristolochia grandiflora.  There are approximately 120 known species of Aristolochia worldwide. The Pelican Flower is the largest of these. In […]

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  •   The Flame Azalea is a beautiful and toxic upright-branched deciduous shrub which can grow to heights of up to 12 ft (3.65). The species is famous for its wonderful large, showy, […]

    Flame Azalea

      The Flame Azalea is a beautiful and toxic upright-branched deciduous shrub which can grow to heights of up to 12 ft (3.65). The species is famous for its wonderful large, showy, […]

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  • Linville Falls is a picturesque waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the United States. The falls move in several distinct steps, beginning in a twin set of upper falls. The […]

    Linville Falls

    Linville Falls is a picturesque waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the United States. The falls move in several distinct steps, beginning in a twin set of upper falls. The […]

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  • The Bristlecone Pine is the oldest known living thing on Earth! It is found only on remote, arid mountain tops in 6 U.S. states; always at or above altitudes of 10,000 ft. […]

    Bristlecone Pine

    The Bristlecone Pine is the oldest known living thing on Earth! It is found only on remote, arid mountain tops in 6 U.S. states; always at or above altitudes of 10,000 ft. […]

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  •     Tillandsia is the name of any one of more than 650 known species of what are commonly popular as “air plants.” They are present in the southern United States, the […]

    Tillandsia

        Tillandsia is the name of any one of more than 650 known species of what are commonly popular as “air plants.” They are present in the southern United States, the […]

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  •   The ocelot is a beautiful species of wildcat lives throughout a range which includes Mexico, South America, Central America, and the islands of Trinidad and Margarita. Further, on rare […]

    Ocelot

      The ocelot is a beautiful species of wildcat lives throughout a range which includes Mexico, South America, Central America, and the islands of Trinidad and Margarita. Further, on rare […]

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