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11 U.S. species endangered by climate change

By: Bryan Nelson on Jan. 4, 2010, 11:10 a.m.
Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

Photo: J. Challey via U.S. Forest Service

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Western prairie fringed orchid

The only plant on the list — at number nine — is the Western prairie fringed orchid. It can be found in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota, but global warming threatens to alter the rainfall patterns that maintain the distinctive Prairie potholes, the seasonal wetlands of the Great Plains. Changes in those weather patterns are certain to threaten the flower's habitat.