Gann’s detailed report focused primarily on 59 out of more than 760 species found in the Everglades National Park and nearby protected areas. It was conducted to help find a way to manage threatened plants that are found in and outside of the park. In a video produced by the Miami Herald, Gann stated that while he is not surprised by the findings, he did discover that rare plants are not just one group, but that within a plant lies a sub species. They include trees, shrubs, vines, orchids, wildflowers and grasses. Gann also discovered “hot spots” of rare plants regarding their geographic location. And while more than half of the species have been extinct or endangered, Gann is hopeful that opportunities to remove invasive exotic plants or restore the depleted ones are in the works with the help of park managers and environmentalists.
On Monday, Getty Images photographer Joe Raedle accompanied Gann and Jim Sadle, a botanist for the Everglades National Park, through the park as they closely examined several species of rare and endangered plants.