New plant to science discovered in county

By Greg Lucas

SUNSET — A plant that is new to science has been discovered at the Nine Times Preserve in northern Pickens County, and last year it was named after a distinguished South Carolina botanist.

The only known population of Shealy’s saxifrage (scientific name Micranthes petiolaris var. shealyi) exists at Nine Times Preserve, a property of The Nature Conservancy near Sunset.

The plant was named by Clemson University botanists

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