Written by Zulfick Farzan
02 Mar, 2021 | 2:57 pm
Colombo (News 1st); Saplings of the Crudia zeylanica plant species to be introduced to Botanic Gardens and other suitable environments, said the Department of National Botanic Gardens on Tuesday (02).
The Ministry of Tourism quoting the Department of National Botanic Gardens said the Crudia zeylanica sometimes known as Sri Lanka legume was once thought to be extinct.
The IUCN Red List of 2006 categorized it as extinct, as does the National Red List of 2012, prepared by Sri Lanka’s ministry of environment.
The Department of National Botanic Gardens said however, it is now understood that 20 saplings are in conservation at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, and 06 are in conservation at the Henarathgoda Botanical Garden.
In a report to the Tourism Minister, the Director-General of the Department of National Botanic Gardens added two large and small Sri Lankan legume trees were discovered in Daraluwa not far from where the tree which was believed to be only surviving one of the species was located.
It added samples from DNA extraction were placed at the National Herbarium.
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