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The Brink of Extinction

Plants & Planet
The Brink of Extinction by Xin Zhong

Image details - The Brink of Extinction

Photographer: Xin Zhong (see profile)
Competition: Competition 15
Category: Plants & Planet
Location: Zhuji County, Zhejiang Province, China

Description

Endangered plants are not just the big trees. Pictured is Gymnospermium kiangnanense, whose ancestors once bloomed in the broad-leaved forests of Eastern China, is now confined to a narrow area near the border between Anhui and Zhejiang, with its populations in danger.

We arrived in the rain and mist at one of its largest populations in Zhejiang, in full bloom on a forested slope. It is hoped that our forthcoming work on reproductive biology will save them from the brink of extinction.

THREATENED PLANTS PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARD WINNER
IN ASSOCIATION WITH:

BGCI

"Gymnospermium kiangnanense is related to Berberis, which gardeners will know well, but this particular plant is restricted to Eastern China, where it is threatened by development and climate change. The photograph captures its vulnerability as it struggles to emerge through a carpet of pine needles."

Dr. Paul P. Smith
Secretary General,
Botanic Gardens Conservation International

Awarded

Finalist - Plants & Planet