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"Extinct" flower resurfaces in England

by webdev

August 27, 2010

A flower believed to be extinct in England since 1962 has been spotted by a couple who noticed the flower on a walk on the South West Coast Path in Cornwall.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the couple, who are both naturalists, discovered the flower, the bright pink perennial centaury, in two locations on the south-facing cliffs at a location known as Land's End. They quickly snapped a few photos of the fuchsia blossoms and sent them to the Botanical Society for the British Isles (BSBI).

"We were mystified at first, but we knew we had found something unusual. Luckily we went back and were able to look it up and see that it would be worth telling the experts about," said Lauri Oakes, who spotted the blossom. "When he came to see it, he had to use guy ropes to lower himself onto the cliff location, so it was quite exciting."

Though these flowers are likely well protected, there are plenty of pink plants that make fantastic additions to bouquets. According to the Connecticut Botanical Society, some flowers that offer a pink hue include gerardias, laurels and morning glories.


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