For years, male and female plants of dwarf sumac, one of Georgia’s rarest plants, had been separated by miles of roads and civilization.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the plant had dwindled to just two populations sometime in the 20th century — a small group of females in Newton County, and a lonely group of males in the Broad River Management Area on a bluff overlooking the Broad River.
In February 2010, just in time for Valentine’s Day, botanists working with the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance reunited the long-lost lovers, tenderly planting about 20 female plants near the males in Elbert County.
Botanists say they are seeing some success, and the population is rebounding.
___ Information from: Athens Banner-Herald.