New plant species found in the teeny Texas town of Valentine

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It’s a spiny thing and not exactly your garden-variety ornamental. But a University of Utah botanist and her colleagues have identified Solanum cordicitum as a new, possibly endangered species and named it “from the heart” in Latin because the plant was found in Valentine, a far West Texas town. Most new plant species are found in the tropics, and it is uncommon for a new one – especially a flowering plant – to be found in the United States, says University of Utah biology professor Lynn Bohs. She’s the senior author of a new study describing and naming S. cordicitum published today in the Aug. 1 issue of the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

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