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Updated: 10/25/2013 01:19:01AM

USFWS lists 3 Florida plants as endangered

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The Associated Press

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VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three plant species native to South Florida are now on the federal endangered species list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the Cape Sable thoroughwort, Florida semaphore cactus, and Aboriginal prickly-apple are listed on the Endangered Species Act.  

The agency’s final rule listing all three plants as endangered will appear in the federal register on Thursday. The protection for the plants becomes effective Nov. 25.

The agency said in a statement that the listing of these three plants is part of its effort to implement a court-approved work plan that resolves a series of lawsuits concerning the agency’s ESA Listing Program.  The agency will now develop a recovery plan for the three species and work cooperatively with partners to conserve their habitats.