WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to reduce the amount of land designated as critical habitat for the endangered Brodiaea filifolia plant.
The habitat would be reduced from 4,690 acres to 3,786 acres in the Southern California Counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and San Diego.
The agency has proposed the reduction after updated surveys of the distribution of the Bordiaea, show that it is not as widely distributed as thought and that less of the land in the original designation is suitable as Bordiaea habitat.
The Bordiaea is a small perennial herb with dark brown fibrous corms that store water and nutrients during the dormant season. When in bloom the herb displays violet flowers on stalks up to 16 inches long.