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Fri Apr 15, 2022, 12:26 PM Apr 2022

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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Botanists rediscovered a rare tropical flower thought to be extinct for 36 years (Original Post) FM123 Apr 2022 OP
Thank you. ❤ littlemissmartypants Apr 2022 #1
You are so welcome! FM123 Apr 2022 #5
That is a beautiful and interesting flower. Hopefully it can survive and thrive again. LonePirate Apr 2022 #2
Yes, I totally agree! FM123 Apr 2022 #6
Gasteranthus extinctus was found growing next to a waterfall at Bosque y Cascada Las Rocas, Goonch Apr 2022 #3
Thank you for the beautiful photos! FM123 Apr 2022 #4
Exciting news! Karadeniz Apr 2022 #7
Yes! Wonderful to have some good news these days! FM123 Apr 2022 #9
Beaut! MerryBlooms Apr 2022 #8
Sure is! FM123 Apr 2022 #10
How pretty! Orange is my favorite color. tblue37 Apr 2022 #11
So pretty - Blazing Orange! FM123 Apr 2022 #12
beautiful Trueblue1968 Apr 2022 #13
Yes! So beautiful. FM123 Apr 2022 #14
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