Gentner’s Fritillary numbers on the rise thanks to restoration efforts

Photo - Gentner's fritillary (USFWS).Map of Oregon showing distribution of Gentner's fritillary Images: USFWS

Thanks to botanists and volunteers in and around Jacksonville, Ore., an endangered lily is making a meaningful comeback. The number of Gentner’s Fritillaries (Fritillaria gentneri) had been in precipitous decline until just a few years ago. Recovery is credited to botanists having harvested and then germinating the flower’s asexually produced bulblets in an Oregon State University greenhouse. Utilizing planting sites provided by the city of Jacksonville and the Bureau of Land Management, more than 13,000 bulbs have been transplanted. Read more here.

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