Researchers issue urgent call to save the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia, from extinction

An international group of scientists, including botanists at the University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden, has issued an urgent call for coordinated action to save the iconic genus Rafflesia, which contains the world’s largest flowers. This follows a new study that found that most of the 42 species are severely threatened, yet just one of these is listed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species. Furthermore, over two-thirds (67%) of the plants’ habitats are unprotected and at risk of destruction.  Read More 

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