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Monday, 25 January 2010

The Bastard Gumwood

HERE'S something interesting, which I heard on PM last week. The Bastard Gumwood (Commidendrum rotundifolium) is a 12 foot tall tree with long, knarled branches, at the tips of which are star-like, pale yellow and white flowerings. As a species, there is no variation from these characteristics, because there's only one of them. As such, it is declared extinct in the wild. Now, conservationists from Kew Gardens are making a last-ditch effort to rescue it from extinction.

Source: John Ekwall's St Helena flora profile