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Fri Apr 15, 2022, 12:26 PM

Botanists rediscovered a rare tropical flower thought to be extinct for 36 years

(CNN) A rare blazing orange wildflower that was thought to be extinct for 36 years was rediscovered in South America.

The wildflower Gasteranthus extinctus has only been spotted in Ecuador's cloud forest and was last documented in 1985, according to a new study in the journal PhytoKeys. The researchers saw a dim future for the flower, so they named it "extinctus" because they believed it would soon die out, said coauthor Dawson White, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Most of the cloud forest suffered deforestation in the years that followed. The habitat loss was thought to have killed off dozens of species, White said.

Researchers decided to take another look in western Ecuador in 2021 to see if there were any patches of forest left and to search for the species that had lived there. Within days, the flower was found, White said. "It was total elation because Gasteranthus extinctus is a symbol of these unique forests," White said.

(CNN link to article and photos of flower) https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/15/world/extinct-flower-ecuador-scn/index.html

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Reply Botanists rediscovered a rare tropical flower thought to be extinct for 36 years (Original post)
FM123 Apr 15 OP
littlemissmartypants Apr 15 #1
FM123 Apr 15 #5
LonePirate Apr 15 #2
FM123 Apr 15 #6
Goonch Apr 15 #3
FM123 Apr 15 #4
Karadeniz Apr 15 #7
FM123 Apr 15 #9
MerryBlooms Apr 15 #8
FM123 Apr 15 #10
tblue37 Apr 15 #11
FM123 Apr 15 #12
Trueblue1968 Apr 15 #13
FM123 Apr 15 #14

Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 12:40 PM

1. Thank you. ❤

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 01:31 PM

5. You are so welcome!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 12:42 PM

2. That is a beautiful and interesting flower. Hopefully it can survive and thrive again.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 01:31 PM

6. Yes, I totally agree!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 12:46 PM

3. Gasteranthus extinctus was found growing next to a waterfall at Bosque y Cascada Las Rocas,



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Response to Goonch (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 01:30 PM

4. Thank you for the beautiful photos!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 03:07 PM

7. Exciting news!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 03:16 PM

9. Yes! Wonderful to have some good news these days!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 03:15 PM

8. Beaut!

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Response to MerryBlooms (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 03:16 PM

10. Sure is!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 03:18 PM

11. How pretty! Orange is my favorite color.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 03:20 PM

12. So pretty - Blazing Orange!

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 03:47 PM

13. beautiful

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Response to Trueblue1968 (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 15, 2022, 10:48 PM

14. Yes! So beautiful.

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