- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal wildlife officials say a perennial herb found in Georgia and Alabama has been declared as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the Georgia rockcress will be considered an endangered species beginning Oct. 14.

Georgia rockcress generally live on steep river bluffs with shallow soil on rock or with exposed rock outcroppings. The white flowers typically grow to be about three feet tall.

Officials say the Wildlife Service is also designating about 732 acres of Georgia river bluff habitat in Gordon, Floyd, Harris, Muscogee, and Clay Counties as critical to the plant’s survival. In Alabama, critical habitat areas are in Bibb, Dallas, Elmore, Monroe, Sumter and Wilcox Counties.

Federal officials say only about 5,000 individual plants still exist.

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