Wednesday, June 1, 2005
The University of California, Berkeley announced that one of its graduate students, Michael Park, rediscovered on May 24 the Mount Diablo buckwheat, a plant not sighted since 1936 and believed to have been extinct.
Found nearly 30 miles east of San Francisco, Park [aged 35] identified the small pink flowering plant said to resemble baby's breath during a routine visit to the mountain. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in integrative biology.
The significance of the find drew comparisons to the recent discovery of the Ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas earlier this year in April. The exact location of the flowering plant is, for now, being kept secret. Several botanists have confirmed it along with the nearly dozen or so other plants.
The property is being preserved by the Save Mount Diablo conservation group operating in the Mount Diablo State Park.
== Related news ==
"Rare woodpecker discovered in Arkansas" — Wikinews, April 28, 2005
== Sources ==
Assocated Press. "Thought gone, a flower's in the pink" — Newsday.com, May 30, 2005
By Justin M. Norton, AP writer. "'Extinct' buckwheat found on mountain" — Monterey Herald, May 26, 2005
Robert Sanders, Media Relations. "Dainty pink Mt. Diablo buckwheat rediscovered" — University of California, Berkeley, May 24, 2005