An intriguing plant that relies upon wetlands for survival is currently on the government endangered species list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distributed a choice Friday to list the Arizona eryngo as jeopardized. The organization additionally put away around 13 acres in southern Arizona as critical habitat.

The decision comes years after naturalists requested of and afterward sued to acquire insurance for the plant with cream-colored spherical flower heads.

Environmentalists say the choice will help efforts to protect the San Pedro River, which is the last free-flowing river in Arizona.

The wetland plant relies upon springs from deep aquifers that support the river and is compromised by the over-pumping of groundwater.

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