Rare Plants in the News

Posted on: Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:16 By: droth



On July 9, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst approved an amendment to the New Mexico Endangered Plant Species List and Collection Permits rule (19.21.2 NMAC), which adds 10 plant species to the state endangered plant list. The rule prohibits protected endangered plant species from being collected, removed, transported, exported, processed for sale, or offered for sale unless issued a valid permit for specific scientific purposes by the state forester. See attached documentation below.

The USFWS has completed it's review of the status of the American hart's-tongue fern (Asplenium scolopendrium var. americanum) and concluded that the AHTF no longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  The USFWS has recommended removing this species from the list of federally threatened and endangered species due to recovery. The Service will be issuing a draft rule for public comment in April 2021.

The Endangered Plant Program of the State Forestry Division has posted all of their rare and endangered plant survey and monitoring reports on the State Forestry website, available for download at http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/ForestMgt/endangeredandrareplantreports.html


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New threatened plant species reported from New Mexico! 

American Hart's-tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium var. americanum, was discovered at the El Malpais National Monument, at the entrance of a cave.

According to John Wiley, USFWS, NY,  "The population is about 66 individuals down in a 20 ft roughly circular lava bubble with a person-sized opening at the top. Or initial impressions are that the gametophyte looks very North American but there are some interesting morphological variations of the sporophytes that suggest it *could be* something a little different. In particular some of the bases of the fronds are more hastate than auriculate, but this is not consistent across all of the plants. The common sori 1/2 down the frond, that seems to be a poor character, is also variable here, with a few approaching 2/3. Weston Testo from University of Florida will be sequencing the samples to compare against americanum, lindenii, among others. "

Initial identification was confirmed by species specialists in New Mexico.  Hence, until further notice, we will consider this discovery as Asplenium scolopendrium var. americanum, a federally listed threatened species, otherwise only known from Alabama, Michigan, New York, Tennessee, and Canada.

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