600th plant species found in Forest Park

Friday, June 18, 2010 | 12:49 p.m. CDT; updated 1:07 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 18, 2010

ST. LOUIS — The 600th plant species has been discovered in Forest Park in St. Louis.

Park ecologist Steve Buback told KSDK-TV that the Michigan Lily was found in the southwest quadrant of the park, one of the nation's largest urban parks. The flower is described as having brilliant color. Buback says it is a remnant of the park's history as a prairie.

The lily is rare in Missouri because of habitat loss and the taking of plants for use in home gardens and some homeopathic medicines.

Buback says there are about 2,900 plant species in Missouri — so more than 20 percent of all Missouri species are in Forest Park.

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