|Gone for years from its only natural home on planet Earth, the super-endangered Kankakee mallow |
may have sprouted around our first bonfires – after a mere six weeks.
But are these little leaves really that rare plant?
|Cotyledons (the first photosynthetic surfaces that unfold out of the germinating seed) tend to be very simple. But the first true leaf, emerging above, looks like it could develop that typical five-lobed mallow leaf. (Seedling photos by Lisa Culp.)|
Will the unexpected
A new path led through this seedling-edged recent bonfire area. Piles of cut brush on three sides seemed to be enough to move the path to the right. Note that there's plenty more brush to cut, and burn, and inspire more rare seeds to germinate.