Agency seeks comment on proposed endangered plants

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on a proposal to list two Tennessee plants as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. They are the Short's bladderpod and whorled sunflower.

Short's bladderpod is a mustard plant with several stems and yellow flowers that is found in parts of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The whorled sunflower is a perennial with whorls of leaves on its stems that is found in parts of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

The Service is seeking all available information on the plants, including their distribution, status and population size.

The Service also proposes to designate critical habitat for these species within which area they could receive special protection.

Comments can be submitted by mail or electronically, but they must be received by Oct. 1.


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