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The Virginia Sneezewood was first discovered in 1936 and listed as threatened in 1998. This plant got its name from early settlers who dried the yellow flowers to grind into powder for snuff. They sniffed the snuff to make them sneeze, thus clearing their noses. In 1998 the plant was thought to be restricted to around 25 seasonally flooded sinkhole ponds and meadows in two counties in northwest Virginia, however, more than 25 populations in Missouri have been found since. This species is threatened by residential development, off-road vehicle use, incompatible agricultural activity, logging, and other disruptions of its habitat like the filling and ditching of wetlands.