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Royal Botanic Garden, Kew Report makes new tally for number of World’s Plants

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Researchers have counted how many plant species are known to science and estimated that 390,900 plants are known.

Director of Science: Prof Kathy Willis

  • First Global assessment of the world’s flora and carried out by the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.
  • Botanists from China, Australia and Brazil were involved.

Important Statements of the Report:

  • 2,034 new species of plant were discovered in the year 2015
  • 21% of plants are at risk of extinction due to climate change, habitat loss, disease and invasive species
  • Lot of overlap within the records, with some plants being given different names by botanists
  • Excluding Algae, Mosses, liverworts and hornworts, about 390900 plants and 369,400 plants are flowering
  • Gilbertiodendron Maximum is a tree which grows upto 45 cm high found in the forests of Gabon in West AfricaKew Report makes new tally for number of World’s Plants
  • 90 new species of Begonia were discovered, 5 new species of Onion and a sprawling, insect eating plant – Drosera Magnifica in Brazil

Threats for Plant Species

  • Habitat Changes – Loss of Mangroves and forests
  • Pests and Diseases

The Conservationists have logged 4979 persistent species around the world

  • The director expressed his views that it was important to estimate the plant species and plants are absolutely fundamental to our well-being.
  • And he added that plants provide us with food, fuel, medicines and controlling the climate.

Royal Botanic Garden

A non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Headquarter: Kew, London

  • Marcus Agius (Chairman)
  • Richard Deverell (Director)
  • Kathy Willis (Director of Science)