Naming rights auction for new plant discovery opens late November

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Photo courtesy of the Wild Society

LEAVENWORTH- A newly discovered plant on the hillsides of Leavenworth has prompted an auction for the naming rights, with the highest bidder at the end of the 10-day Ebay auction naming the plant.

The proceeds of the auction by Wild Society will benefit the outdoor education nonprofit. The winner will also receive an illustration of the plant, a tour of its native habitat along with a tour of the Burke Museum’s herbarium at the University of Washington.

The auction opens at 12 p.m. on Nov. 21, and will close Dec. 1, 2017.

Field Botanist Mark Darrach of the Museum discovered the two-foot plant in the last several years, and has been collecting documentation to prove the plant is a new species. The plant falls into the genus Lomatium, in the plant family Apiaceae, which includes foods species like cilantro, carrots and dill. The new plant is a ‘narrow endemic,’ meaning it is only found in a small, specific area. It was found on three sites near Leavenworth and has yellow flowers blooms.

For information on the auction, visit wildsociety.org/plant-auction.