Botanical discoveries bloomed in 2009

Berlinia korupensis at Kew

The BBC news points out that many new plants were discovered in 2009. And about one-third of them are in danger.

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew sent people to 100 countries. According to the article, ‘Kew’s botanists have described 2009 as a “bumper year” in which they described 292 new species, compared with 200 in an average year.’

Berlinia korupensis is a giant relative of the pea, a tree with foot-long dehiscent pods. But the surveyors were able to find only 17 trees in a Cameroon rain forest preserve.

Other researchers found seven new species of coffee bush.

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