One of the rarest species on Earth

Main report: Newly named, Hawaiian tree species already critically endangered
(Smithsonian Insider)

Scientific Paper: Phytokeys    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Melicope oppenheimeri
Species named for: Hank Oppenheimer, botanist with the Maui Nui Plant Extinction Prevention Program
Categories: Plants | Species Update
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Update re: the 2016 discovery of Melicope tree species in Hawaii (see story).

Discoverers from the Botany Dept of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History say Melicope oppenheimeri “ranks among the rarest species on this planet”.  The tree is known today from only 3 wild specimens on an isolated cliff-base plateau in West Maui’s upper Waihe‘e Valley. Seven wild specimens first drew the attention of botanists in 1998. Four have since died.

 

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