Date Posted: Mar 12, 2016
Recently discovered in North Florida's Jackson County, Coreopsis bakeri has gone undetected for years because of its resemblance to our common lanceleaf tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata). Several years of scientific study finally proved that, indeed, it is has been isolated long enough to have become a distinct species, bringing our state’s total native Coreopsis species to 14, and North America’s total to 39.
The new species is named for Wilson Baker, the Florida naturalist who discovered it along with Ann Johnson, a Florida Natural Areas Inventory community ecologist. Baker has studied rare plants of Florida's glades since the 1980s. The plant may be endemic to Jackson County and may soon be nominated for the ranking of “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Follow this plant's journey from discovery to naming on our blog.
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