Animals are not the only endangered species. Some plants are endangered as well. Plants often adapt to very specific environmental conditions and they lose these environmental conditions through human activity. This results in the killing off of many plants. But humans can restore these plant’s environments. Also, humans can stop collecting these endangered plants from the wild, which reduces their number and their chances of survival.
One endangered plant in Florida is the pygmy fringetree, according to Floridata. This plant only remains in Central Florida, according to the Florida Natural Areas Inventory. This tree is very resistant to fire and tends to grow back after large forest fires. The blossoms of this tree are white.
The prairie milkweed is another endangered American plant, located in the Dakotas, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. Very few specimens of this milkweed exist on the earthCrops, plowing, cattle grazing, the destruction of soil erosion-preventing plants and invasive plants such as the Kentucky bluegrass have destroyed most of the Prairie Milkweed.
Davis’ Green Pitaya
Davis’ Green Pitaya is an endangered cactus located in Texas. This is a very small, green cactus, with a stem that is only one inch tall, that has the ability to disappear during droughts, which results from the cactus contracting and pulling itself into a bed of spike moss, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Wild False Indigo
The wild false indigo is a plant found in Maryland that is endangered. Travelers find these plants in river washed areas in moist and open woods and prairies, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This indigo is an important food source of an endangered animal known as the Frosted Elfin butterfly.
Green Pitcher Plant
The green pitcher plant is a plant located in Georgia that is endangered because land development has destroyed much of this plant’s habitat, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The star cactus is an endangered American species in North Mexico and Texas. This plant is threatened because it is frequently collected, which reduces the number of star cactuses available in the wild, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service. The use of herbicides and the increasing land development are also reducing the star cactus numbers. Some collectors are growing this plant in captivity, so it might survive in gardens.
The Arizona hedgehog cactus is an endangered species. Mining activities and illegal collection have been responsible for bringing this species down to a critical number, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.