Catawba Alumnus Rediscovers Rare Flower in Maryland
March 21, 2016
Last summer, 2001 Catawba College alumnus Wes Knapp rediscovered Solidago rupestris in Maryland with several partners at the National Park Service as part of a larger project with NatureServe.
Solidago rupestris, known as the rock goldenrod or riverbank goldenrod, is a North American species of flowering plants in the sunflower family. Until this discovery, the species had not been seen in Maryland since 1903.
Knapp attributes his start as a botanist to his mentorship by Michael J. Baranski, Professor Emeritus of Biology at at Catawba College. He currently servces as Eastern Region Ecologist/Botanist at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in the Wildlife and Heritage Program.
Knapp was recently featured in an article by The Washington Post.