U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southeast Region News Release




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vicki M. Boatwright or Diana M. Hawkins

January 10, 1997



               U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ADDS 

        RARE PUERTO RICAN SHRUB TO ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST



A rare Puerto Rican shrub, Cordia bellonis, will be added to the Federal endangered species list, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Regional Director Noreen K. Clough announced today. No critical habitat will be designated for this species.

The shrub produces small, white flowers and grows to a height of approximately 6 feet. Only 81 plants are known to exist in the Maricao, SusŁa, and Rˇo Abajo forests in Puerto Rico. The plant is threatened by habitat loss and modification.

Federal listing of plants protects those species growing on Federal lands and requires consultation when federally authorized, funded or permitted projects may affect the species. The Endangered Species Act does not provide any additional protection to listed plants on private lands than what they already receive under commonwealth law.

Notice of the Cordia bellonis listing was published today in the FederalRegister.

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Release #97-03


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