In northern Virginia, a new species of plant known as “cinnamon” has been discovered.
A group of researchers led by George D. Mabry of the University of Virginia reported in April that they found the plant in the wild near the town of Williamsburg in the Shenandoah Valley.
“Cinnamon is actually an annual,” Mabrry said.
“Its not a genus.”
Mabre said the plant was found in an area near the historic village of Williamsburgh, which has become the subject of a lot of research.
It’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a painkiller.
“This is the first time that we’ve actually found this species,” he said.
Mebry’s group had previously found the same species of the plant near Virginia Beach.
But they were surprised by the discovery, Mabrys said.
It is one of a few species that can tolerate extreme weather conditions.
“I think we’re finally on the threshold of something that we could actually produce,” he told NBC News.
“The world has changed a lot in the last two decades.”
A few years ago, the group found a similar species, but the plants were much smaller and were not as tall.
Now they have two species, a cinnamon and a white cinnabar, that both tolerate drought.
“We found a lot more in Virginia than we ever had before, and they’re very common,” Mebrys said, “and they grow in pretty diverse habitats.”
The scientists have also discovered that the two species do not have to be planted in the same spot for the plants to survive.
“They can be in different places and do well,” Mbry said, adding that the plant has been cultivated in a variety of settings.
He said the plants are relatively easy to grow.
“You just want to keep them in their natural habitat and let them develop,” he added.
“And they’re pretty hardy.”
The researchers said they plan to grow the new species to test their hypothesis that the climate in the region allows for good growth and survival.
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