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1,730 new plant species discovered, says report

However, scientists say, some of the newly-discovered plants are already at risk of extinction

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Over 1,700 new species of plants have been discovered in the past year, with many having potential as food crops, medicines or sources of timber, according to a new report. However, some of the newly-discovered plants are already at risk of extinction, said scientists at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in the UK. Their report found that 1,730 plants were recorded as being new to science in 2016, which include 11 new species from Brazil of the Manihot shrub known for its starchy root, cassava. Seven species of the South African plant best known for red bush or rooibos tea were also ...

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 21:25 IST
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