Grandidier’s Baobob Grandidier’s baobob are extremely rare trees native only to the island nation of Madagascar. The Malagasy people eat the tree’s fruit and produce cooking oil from its seeds, activities that aren’t as big of a threat to the trees as deforestation. Luckily, however, Madagascar’s protected land will triple in size, likely protecting the trees from total extinction.
Nematolepis wilsonii (Shiny Nematolepis) is an endangered shrub or small tree species which is endemic to Victoria in Australia. It may grow up to 10 metres tall and has mottled bark. Star-shaped white flowers are produced in groups of 1 to 9 in the leaf axils in spring. The species is listed as "vulnerable" under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and "threatened" under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.
Sinkholes, characteristic of limestone karst geology, occur when the flow of water in tunnels causes the surface to weaken and collapse, and resulting depressions are colonised by plants. This low-lying example in Tasmania's Vale of Belvoir, has become a permanent waterhole featuring a rare and endangered Poa grassland community.
The sweet fleshy fruit of many different types of lilly pilly were eaten raw by the Cadigal and the early colonists. In fact, the lilly pilly was one of the first edible plants to be noted during Captain Cook’s visit to Australia in 1770. The colonists also made the fruit into jams and summer drinks. This Lilly Pilly is endangered because of clearing of its habitat for agriculture and for housing along the east coast of Australia.
The Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis), discovered in 1994, is the only species in the genus, which had previously only been known from fossil record dating back to the Cretaceaous. It is only found in Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. Exotic pathogens such as Phytophthora cinnamonii, the introduction of exotic weeds, are threats to the Wollemi Pine. It continues to be assessed as Critically Endangered. Photo © Craig Hilton-Taylor
How beautiful are these iconic gumnuts? Our friends at Rainforest Rescue are busy collecting all sorts of plant and tree seeds like these during the dry season that will eventually grow into a new habitat for endangered and essential Rainforest creatures. Koskela supports Rainforest Rescue who buy back and revive essential wildlife land corridors in the Daintree Rainforest in Northern Queensland.
Basil Mountain-mint Pycnanthemum clinopodioides Basil mountain-mint is an endangered plant in Connecticut. The photos show a cultivated plant. • Family: Mint (Lamiaceae) • Habitat: dry fields, dry open woods • Height: 12-30 inches • Flower size: 1/4 inch long, on disk-shaped heads around 1 inch across • Flower color: white to pale lavender • Flowering time: July to September • Origin: native
This beautiful flowering shrub is considered endangered in its native Florida panhandle. Lucky for us though, it can be easily found at nurseries specializing in Florida natives. This photo was taken in north central Florida at a garden center (so it is possible this is a hybrid variety). It was heaven to be amid the thousands (millions?) of orange blossoms.