A plant found in areas around Stephenville and the Port au Port Peninsula has been added to the provincial government’s Endangered Species Act.
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A flowering Lindley’s Aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum).
Lindley’s Aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum) is a perennial plant that is usually 30 to 100 centimetres tall.
It has purple-blue flowers with yellow centers that become reddish over the flowering period. Its leaves are thin, serrated and, heart-shaped. This species is also considered rare in Nova Scotia.
The province has also added seven other rare plants and one lichen considered either endangered or threatened to the list following assessments by the Species Status Advisory Committee and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
“Species listed as endangered are in imminent risk of extinction and those listed as threatened are species likely to become endangered if nothing is done to reverse the factors limiting their survival,” said Tom Hedderson, minister of Environment and Conservation, in a media release.
“I’d like to acknowledge the dedication of the committees involved in this process who were instrumental in ensuring the protection of the identified rare species as we conserve biodiversity for future generations.”
The total number of species, subspecies and populations currently listed under the province’s Endangered Species Act is 44 – including 21 endangered, 10 threatened and 13 vulnerable species.