About

The mission of South Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance is to coordinate rare plant conservation activities in the state to ensure no local extinctions. To achieve this goal, we connect university programs, botanical gardens, government agencies, land managers, environmental consultants, and botanical…

Priority Species

The SCPCA focuses its conservation efforts on specific plant species and communities. Priority species are chosen based on practical criteria such as degree of endangerment, potential for recovery, and whether or not another group has already taken a species on….

Resources

The identification, monitoring, and management of rare and endangered species takes a lot of work and attention to details. This section will contain information and links about plant conservation, including the work of botanic gardens, conservation basics, applicable laws, and…

Activities

Rare Plant Conservation-Purpledisk honeycombhead (Balduina atropurpurea) under biological assessment

The purpledisk honeycombhead (Balduina atropurpurea) is currently under biological assessment.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is performing a Species Status Assessment to determine if the species warrants listing.  This species occurs in wet pine savannas and pitcher-plant bogs in…

May-white azaleas

SCPCA member Charles Horn is in the process of surveying for May-white azaleas in the state. This past weekend he surveyed Lynch’s Woods park in Newberry County, where the May-white was first documented in 2000. He found 202 plants! Here…

Helonias bullata count

On March 14, species lead Jim Fowler, along with SCPCA members David White and Frank Holleman, went out to Watson-Cooper Heritage Preserve to count the Helonias bullata on the site. Jim reports: “Big, big thanks to David and Frank for…

Schweinitz’s sunflower rescue

On May 24, Andy Cabe and a team of SCDOT workers went to work to save some  Schweinitz’s sunflowers (Helianthus schweinitzii) that were in danger of being destroyed by bridge construction. The SCDOT is in the process of replacing the…

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Musings on Plant Conservation

Check out this nice piece by RBG Kew horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, author of The Plant Messiah. The SCPCA is working on a propagation and restoration project with our local Schwalbea americana; it’s nice to know that the challenges related to…

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New Oxypolis canbyi population!

On April 12, Jason Ayers, Coastal Program biologist, was out in the field in northern Berkeley County with USFWS botanist April Punsalan, Partners Program biologist Bret Beasley, and FWS biologist Paula Sisson. April was searching for Schwalbea americana and the…

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