Gallery: Two ‘Extinct’ Trees Discovered in Tanzania Remain at Risk from...

 

Two species of trees thought to be extinct were recently rediscovered in a remote coastal forest area in the African nation of Tanzania. Erythrina schliebenii, a type of coral tree, and Karomia gigas were rediscovered by botanists from Tanzania’s University of Dar es Salaam. While the finding of their continued growth is immensely encouraging, the species remain in “critical danger of extinction,” according to Roy Gereau, of Missouri Botanical Garden’s Africa and Madagascar Department, as rapid deforestation persists in Tanzania.

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