Botanical bounty of 2,400 plant species discovered in B.C. rainforest

Botanical bounty of 2,400 plant species discovered in B.C. rainforest

A team of scientists found the trove of species — some it believes may be previously undiscovered — in the Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Provincial Park, a rarely studied inland rainforest 115 kilometres east of Prince George, B.C.

The three-year-long field study by scientists and students at the University of Northern B.C., alongside UBC botanists Trevor Goward and Curtis Björk, found species that weren't known to grow in this part of the province — or anywhere in Canada.

UNBC ecosystem science and management professor Darwyn Coxson remembers when the team first reported seeing a part of the forest near Tree Beard Waterfalls.

The team has conducted more than 100 surveys around the Ancient Forest, documenting the different species of plants.

Among the discoveries are new species of alpine dandelion and sedum.