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COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the American Columbo in Canada

Special Significance of the Species

The species has an unusual reproductive mode and is the only member of the genus in Canada. Frasera caroliniensis was also one of ten species used to demonstrate the southern extension of the mixed mesophytic forest Blufflands into Louisiana along the Mississippi River (Delcourt and Delcourt, 1975). As such this species may be of interest in further biogeographic studies of the eastern deciduous forest. Relatively little is known about the historical biogeography of forest herbs in eastern North America and investigators have only recently begun to explore this issue (Griffin and Barrett, 2004).