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Tiny plant on campus turns out to be a big find

 

Last updated 3/21/2020 at 2:01pm

Each colony of Sphaerocarpos drewei, or S. drewei for short, is no bigger than a pencil eraser.

SAN MARCOS – Clumped beside a footpath on the outskirts of the Edwin and Frances Hunter Arboretum at Palomar College, the little plants went unobserved for decades by those who hiked through the native coastal sage scrub overlooking the campus.

Then, one day in March 2019, a biology student named Isabelle Massaro stooped and found them – bright clumps of Sphaerocarpos drewei, or S. drewei for short, each colony no bigger than a pencil eraser.

"I have a favorite patch of moss in the arboretum and this bottlewort happens to be right nearby," Massaro said. "The first time I saw it, it didn...



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