Human Flower Project
Friday, April 23, 2010
Elves of South Carolina
A collision 300 million years ago created the peculiar but ideal environment for many now-rare plants. Conserving the habitat for elves takes a giant effort.
Forty Acre Rock: A rare stone outcropping in South
Carolina’s Lynches River Valley is home to rarer flora
Map: Wiki/Human Flower Project
Natural conservation requires supernatural forces. The demands of economic development encroach on speechless plants. And as the stew boils in debate over global warming (now euphemized as “climate change”), armadillos root northwards and polar bears hunt for ice.
In South Carolina, “supernatural” takes the form of social organization, i.e. work—the combined efforts of the legal experts, naturalists, conservation volunteers and and state officials. How do we know? An elf-advocate told us.
Earlier this week Lindsay Pettus, president of the Katawba Valley Land Trust, dropped some provocative photos through our inbox - plants the likes of which we’d never seen and stone outcroppings reminiscent of Enchanted Rock.
Lindsay is an expert at curiosity-fishing, and as usual we took the bait. What were these shiny red and white flowers, or were they actually jelly beans on cinnamon sticks?