Three rare plants in Newfoundland and Labrador have
been listed as endangered under the province’s Endangered Species Act.
The Northern Bog Aster (Symphyotrichum boreale),
Rattlesnake Root (Prenanthes racemosa) and
Mackenzie’s Sweetvetch (Hedysarum boreale subsp. mackenzii)
have been given protection under the Act.
The three plant species were listed as endangered,
following assessments by the Species Status Advisory Committee (SSAC).
The committee is recognized under the Endangered Species Act as
the provincial body that provides listing advice on species of
conservation concern occurring in this province.
"We have accepted the assessments by the committee to
list these species, as they base their recommendations on the best
traditional and scientific knowledge available," said the Honourable
Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation. "The
criteria they use to make assessments is similar to that employed
nationally and internationally, and is recognized as providing an
objective assessment of the status of a species."
Both the Northern Bog Aster and the Rattlesnake
Root are perennial plants and belong to the composite (Aster)
family. The only known location of both these species in the province of
Newfoundland and Labrador is at Wild Cove, within the municipal boundary
of Corner Brook. The flower heads of the Rattlesnake Root are
characterized by drooping, elongated clusters of white, pink or purple
flowers. The flowers of the Northern Bog Aster
are white and arranged like that of a daisy. Both plants have seeds that
are similar to that of a dandelion.
Mackenzie’s Sweetvetch is a
perennial plant and is a member of the pea family. The
irregular shaped, pea-like purple flowers are sweet scented and occur in
small clusters. In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador,
Mackenzie’s Sweetvetch is found at two sites located on the west coast
of the Port au Port Peninsula. Its habitat is restricted to open
"The legal listing of these species is the first step
in the recovery process," said Minister Johnson. "Equally important are
the establishment of a recovery team and the preparation of a recovery
plan. The recovery team will be made up of researchers, industry
representatives, community representatives, and wildlife managers
familiar with the species."
With the new listings, the total number of species,
subspecies and populations that are listed under the province’s
Endangered Species Act is 35 − 13 endangered, 9 threatened and 13
For more information on endangered species, please
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Director of Communications
Department of Environment and Conservation
2010 10 01 10:30 a.m.