The Endangered Species List 2020: Top Ten Most Endangered Plants

Arizona Agave

The plant has literally put a lot of resistance for survival. Since, in the year 1984, Agave arizonica was less than 100 plants. There were two populations which have survived as of now as they both inhabit in Tonto National Forest of scalding Arizona. As per the Center of Plant conversation, the places which can be considered as the home of the plant are mainly The New River Mountains and Sierra Anchas Mountains

Ouachita Mountain Goldenrod

No one knows the actual population of Solidago ouachitensis. However, having said the same, it is regarded to be the remnant of last ice age. It is found in three countries which are mainly present on the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma. It finds moist and cool atmosphere as the perfect conducive grounds to inhabit, such as the crests of Ouachita Mountains.

Georgia Aster

Symphyotrichum georgianum has its origin to southeastern United States. The plant has registered a growth with 60 populations of the plant, thanks to its natural habitat development. This fact gains significance, since, as per the, it first grew in small clumps

Texas Wild Rice

 Continuing with the series of endangered species, Zizania Texana also faces a bleak future as it has only 140 clumps left. The main reason for its dull future is the receding water levels caused by the Spring Lake Dam.

Howell’s Spectacular Thelypody

Thelypodium howellii ssp. spectabilis faces very hard times as it is fighting for its survival. An unfortunate fact is that, it is left with only five populations which are concentrated in Oregon’s northeast. This is a fact check from those bright times of 1999, when the population has roughly 30 thousand plants. However, it keeps on reducing annually due to grass mowing.

Stenogyne Kanehoana

The plant may have faced extinction way back in the year 2000, but luckily that wasn’t meant to be. Since, one such plant was unearthed. It is found on the Waianae Mountains which is present on Oahu Island. The characteristic of the plant is distinguished through its dense furry leaves.

Wiggin’s Acalypha

While taking about the origin of this plant, it is found in Galapagos Islands. However, the plant has become quite endangered by the Galapagos Conservation Trust. It has seen a steep decline, due to the construction work and loss of habitat.

Rafflesia Flower

Rafflesia Arnoldii is considered to have list of special attributes. The biggest of all, lies in its “looks” as it is considered to be one of the largest flowers. Secondly, unlike usual characteristics associated with a plant in terms of structural stem, roots or leaves, surprisingly it doesn’t have any of them. Importantly, there is a reason behind its nickname “corpse flower”, as it emits the smell of decomposing flesh. It is parasitic and has the total weight of 24 pounds while being three feet in diameter. The forests of Sumatra and Borneo have its presence.


The plant is on the verge of extinction now. However, the strength of Solanum drymophilum has roughly been 150 plants in the year 1992. It can be easily distinguished and identified through its sharp horns which safeguards from being eaten. However, mainly the harm that a grazing animal is subjected to, it is on the brink of extinction.

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

There has to be a great sensitivity about the need to conserve flora and fauna as western prairie fringed orchid is considered to be an endangered species. It is only be seen in five U.S states in Midwest. Naturally, there is a need to be more sensitized towards its protection and restoration. The endangered Species Coalition has projected its limited and dwindling presence, as there are only 172 populations of the plant. While only four has excess of 1000 plants. The factors such as global warming, overgrazing and fires have posed a major threat to the very existence of these plants. Its origin dates back to roughly 20,000 years as it is a wetland plant which grows in “prairie potholes.

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