Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve
|Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve|
|Virginia Natural Area Preserve|
Near Buffalo Mountain's treeless summit
|Area||1,140 acres (461 ha)|
|Owner||Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation|
The preserve covers the summit and slopes of Buffalo Mountain, a 3,960-foot (1,210 m) peak in southwest Virginia. It is open to the public and includes a small parking area from which an approximately one-mile-long (1.6 km) trail may be traversed to reach the summit.
The treeless summit is home to rare plant species including three-toothed cinquefoil and Rocky Mountain woodsia; other rare plants, such as bog bluegrass and large-leaved grass-of-Parnassus, are found at seeps along the mountain's base. In total, the preserve protects thirteen rare plant occurrences, three rare animal occurrences, and six significant natural communities. Buffalo Mountain is also the only place in the world where the mealybug Puto kosztarabi is known to live.
- "Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
- "Buffalo Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
- Miller, Douglass R.; Miller, Gary L. (October 30, 1993). "A new species of Puto and a preliminary analysis of the phylogenetic position of the Puto group within the Coccoidea (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae)" (PDF). Jeffersonia (4): 9. ISSN 1061-1878. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
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