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Rare wildflower halts Ballona construction

March 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A nearly extinct wildflower has unexpectedly sprouted in the Ballona Wetlands thanks to the recent rains.The emergence of the Orcutt's yellow pincushion has halted construction of a $400,000 nature path at the Ballona Wetlands.

Environmental groups are calling on the Los Angeles Department of Public Works to stop construction while the situation is evaluated.

The recent heavy rains caused a bright yellow patch of the wildflower to sprout in the middle of the four-acre lagoon enhancement project.

The project includes native plants, irrigation, fences and a walkway.

The project is a few miles north of the Los Angeles International Airport and is half way completed.