Friday, 5 June 2015

Risk of extinction

The Lima Orchid (Chloraea undulata) was considered extinct for more than half a century, until it was rediscovered thriving in the hills of Asia in Cañete.

Sadly, this is no time to be complacent. It seems that Peru has more than 1,000 species at risk of extinction, including certain orchids.

A group of nearly 100 researchers and specialists, working with the National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor) has assembled the list of endangered species of wild flora. It will appear in October.

The previous 2006 list totalled 777 species of flora. Now the new list aims to educate and promote the significance of preserving the biodiversity of flora. Other endangered flora include rosewood, cedar and mahogany.

By Pamela Kelt

Caption: Epidendrum secundum, Peru

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