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- The Oconee Bell, Shortia Galacifolia, is a rare wild flower found only in Oconee County. It was discovered by French botanist Andrew Michaux in 1788 near the Horse Pasture and Toxaway Rivers in what would become Oconee County. Due to confusion with the Michaux maps, the location of his discovery was not easily interpreted. In 1839, Asa Gray, an American botanist, begins a quest to find the Oconee Bell, which he has named Shortia Galacifolia in honor of Charles Short, a prominent botanist and medical doctor from Kentucky. It will not be until almost one hundred years later, in 1877, that the plant is rediscovered by George Hyams, the seventeen-year-old son of a plant collector.
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