Rare Mount Diablo Buckwheat Has Been Rediscovered

The rare Mount Diablo buckwheat--long-presumed extinct--has been rediscovered. It had last been spotted in the 1930s. Now it's been spotted again in Contra Costa County, northern California. Full story is available at http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/05/24_buckwheat.shtml . Here are the first two paragraphs of the article:
"Dainty pink Mt. Diablo buckwheat rediscovered
"By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | 24 May 2005
"BERKELEY - A petite pink flower that hasn't been seen in 70 years has been rediscovered on the flanks of Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County by a University of California, Berkeley, graduate student.
"The Mount Diablo buckwheat, Eriogonum truncatum, "has been a Holy Grail in the East Bay for several decades," according to UC Berkeley botanist Barbara Ertter, who confirmed the identification in the field on Friday. Last reported in 1936, the flower was presumed extinct, she said, because its habitat has been overrun by introduced grasses. It is one of only three plants, all of them rare, that are endemic to Mount Diablo."
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For those interested, here is a gorgeous photo of one:
http://www.the-spa.com/cmn/buckwheat.jpg
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On Fri, 27 May 2005 11:46:13 +0000, David Bockman wrote:

That's a good shot! lol. I heard about this on npr yesterday. Heres a link to the story and photo.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyIdF67954
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Dats Ho Tay!!!
Now when they find the long presumed extinct Mulholland Alfalfa, get back to us.

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