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Flora – Plant Life

Photo by Stefan Weber.

Plant Life

This plant list is based upon bio-inventories conducted by Larry Lamb, manager of Environmental Studies Ecology Lab and adjunct lecturer, University of Waterloo, with the assistance of members of Cruickston Park Ecological Advisory Team (CPEAT): Ken Dance, Dr. Doug Larson and Bill Wilson; the Plant Study Group of the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists co-ordinated by Graham Buck; University of Waterloo students conducting wetland evaluation, Larry Lamb supervisor; and, Friends of Cruickston participating in botany outings on the property led by Larry Lamb.

Thank you to Dr. J. K. Morton, Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, for verifying the identification of several plant species.  Specimens of plant species, new or significant for Waterloo Region, are deposited with the Herbarium, University of Waterloo.

More than one-third of the plant species of Waterloo Region are found at rare with over 800 species. Of these, 48 species are on the significant species list of native vascular plants for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

In 2002, two species not previously known in Waterloo Region and presumed to be candidates for the list of Regionally Significant plants, were found. One plant species found, Harbinger-of-Spring (Erigenia bulbosa), is nationally rare.

The significant species list not only serves to protect these plants but also to recognize and assess the quality of habitats in Waterloo Region.

Click here to view the List of Plant Species at rare.

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