Harper’s Beauty (Harperocallis flava McDaniel) is one of the rarest of Florida’s native plants. It is listed as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and by the state of Florida. It is found in 3 panhandle Florida counties, but most of it is located on the Apalachicola National Forest.
Harper’s Beauty occurs naturally in sedge bogs and in the edges of seepage-fed shrub bogs, which are maintained with regular prescribed burning; however, a large number of plants occupy a busy highway right-of-way. Regular mowing has resulted in persistence of the roadside population through decades, but they are exposed to uncontrollable effects of traffic.
We are working with partners in the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, and National Forests in Florida to develop protocols for moving Harper’s Beauty from vulnerable roadside to more secure Forest Service habitats.
Flags mark a population of Harper's Beauty along the highway.
Can you pick them out? Even with the help of these flags it is diffcult to correctly identify the leaves of this cousin of the lilies.
and then dug by hand.