FORECO Daily: EXtreme botany

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NC State graduate student, Andrea Thompson, and her field assistant, undergraduate Kelly Arrup, work carefully at Roan High Bluff to measure populations of the federally threatened Blue Ridge Goldenrod (Solidago spithamaea), found only on high elevation rocky summits at Roan and Grandfather Mountain. The plant has yellow flowers and can be seen beneath Kelly’s feet. Andrea hopes that her work will yield better population data for future conservation of the species. Some of their populations can only be measured by rappelling over the cliff to count flowers. Both Andrea and Kelly are in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.

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