Translated from the botanical garden in Leiden, the Netherlands:
Stewart Mc Pherson of the Ark of Life Foundation, Marcel van den Broek of the International Carnivorous Plant Society and Paul Keβler of the Hortus Botanicus Leiden signed on Saturday, August 7 an agreement for the protection of four species of Nepenthes. These carnivorous plants are seriously threatened in their natural habitat.
The Hortus Botanicus Leiden is adding these carnivorous plants to their research collection in order to save the endangered Nepenthes. The Hortus has the knowledge to breed and protect difficult species. Through a breeding program, the botanical garden hopes to be able in the future to exchange plants with other botanical gardens and eventually bring them back into nature.
The following species are part of this unique project:
– Nepenthes aristolochioides Jebb & Cheek from West Sumatra
– Nepenthes clipeata Dancer from West Kalimantan
– Nepenthes khasiana Hook. F. from India
– Nepenthes rigidifolia Akhriadi, Hernawati & Tamins from North Sumatra
The Amsterdam botanical garden, mentioned earlier on this blog, does not have to close down (yet).
Common orchid gives scientists hope in face of climate change: here.
Melocactus conoideus – a critically endangered cactus from eastern Brazil: here.
ScienceDaily: Shared phosphoproteome links remote plant species: here.
US museum exhibit to focus on endangered plants: here.
Plants of Zaanstad, the Netherlands: here.