Rare plant species rediscovered in southwest China after 83 years

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A rare species of Berberis from the Berberidaceae (barberry family) has been rediscovered in a new range in Yunnan province (southwest China), 83 years after its first sighting.

Botanists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered the species during a fact-finding trip to a nature reserve in Longling County, Baoshan City.

The plant, with sharp thorns along the stem and oval shaped fruits, was later identified as a rare species of Berbris first discovered in Yongde County – formerly known as Shunning County – in 1938. It is also the first time that it is spotted outside. its original habitat.

“There had been no scientific report on the rare species since its specimens were collected in 1938. There are only six extant specimens in the world,” said Tan Yunhong, a researcher at the Tropical Botanical Garden of Xishuangbanna of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Tan added that the species now enjoys good conditions in Longling and that there is a need for scientists to conduct further research on its ranges, living environment and medicinal properties.

(Cover image via VCG)

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Source (s): Xinhua News Agency


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