Launching the Global Conservation Consortium for <i>Erica</i>

A collaborative network of leading Botanic Gardens, seed banks, Universities, and botanical societies across Africa, Europe, the US and Australia with Botanic Gardens Conservation International are coordinating an international effort aimed at preventing species extinctions in an iconic and diverse group of flowering plants: the heaths, genus Erica. Habitat destruction and other human-caused changes to […]

Collecting seed of <i>Rhododendron monkoboense</i> for <i>ex situ</i> conservation

Malaysia has the fifth greatest number of endemic Rhododendron taxa, a total of 53, with 22 of these species threatened with extinction. The representation of these taxa in ex situ collections is very low. Rhododendron monkoboense (CR) was first collected in 1982 from Bukit Monkobo on Sabah and revisited during the Tree Flora of Sabah […]

Safeguarding <i>Acer pentaphyllum</I> in <i>Ex Situ</i> Collections

A Global Rarity Acer pentaphyllum, or the five-leaf maple, is a large shrub or small tree endemic to southwestern Sichuan Province in China, where it has an extremely limited distribution consisting of four populations along the steep gorges of the Yalong River. The Red List of Acer: revised and extended, published in 2020, reports Acer […]

Global Conservation Consortium for Cycads Road Trip

As a follow up to the launch of the Global Conservation Consortium (GCC) for Cycads US Working Group earlier this year, Steering Committee members Vanessa Handley (Montgomery Botanical Center) and Tim Gregory (Wild Cycad Conservancy) were hosted for site visits by consortium participants across Southern California. These included all regional botanical gardens within the US […]