DATABASE: Garden of Vanishing Plants

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Science  01 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5595, pp. 929
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5595.929c

In an unlucky twist, the native habitat of the beach clustervine (Jacquemontia reclinata) is also some of the most desirable real estate in Florida: the state's southeastern barrier islands. Jeopardized by urbanization and invasive species, the ground-hugging vine clings to existence at only 12 sites. To root out other plants in trouble, check this database of U.S. protected species. Recently revamped with state listings as well as federal ones, the database serves up a profile for each plant that includes habitat, range, and taxonomy as well as links to more info. The listing is a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's sprawling PLANTS Web site (Science, 3 November 2000, p. 895).

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