Forest Ecosystems Daily: Rarest of asters

Rhiannon's aster (Symphyotrichum rhiannon) may only exist at the Buck Creek Serpentine Barren, an unusual serpentine soil habitat managed by the US Forest Service in Clay County, NC. Small preserves like this one are important to conserve plants and animals that need specialized habitat--in addition to the aster, four species of butterflies also call Buck Creek their only home in the world.

Rhiannon’s aster (Symphyotrichum rhiannon) may only exist at the Buck Creek Serpentine Barren, a small and unusual serpentine soil habitat managed by the US Forest Service in Clay County, NC. Small preserves like this one are critical to conserve plants and animals that require specialized habitat–in addition to the aster, four species of butterflies also call Buck Creek their only home in the world.

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