The rare rockcress could receive government protection

Along the river bluffs of Alabama and Georgia, lovers of all things floral may come across the 3-foot-tall flower known as the rockcress. However, if people have yet to see this lanky plant with white petals blowing in the wind, there's a good reason. Currently, there are only 18 surviving populations of rockcress left, according to a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity.

The rockcress flower is a threatened species

As the rockcress is so rare, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed that the flower join the list of threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act. This would see to it that 786 acres of river bluff become "critical habitat," which would ensure the rockcress' safety for many years to come. In total, six counties in Georgia and seven in Alabama could receive protection.

"After 38 years on a waiting list, Georgia rockcress is finally getting its day in the sun," said Tierra Curry, a biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement. "Endangered Species Act protection will help this beautiful white flower stick around to make future generations smile."

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