03 new plant species added to National Red List of 2020

03 new plant species added to National Red List of 2020

03 new plant species added to National Red List of 2020

Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi

12 Mar, 2021 | 10:53 am

COLOMBO (News 1st): The Department of National Botanic Gardens has added three (03) new plant species that are at the risk of extinction in Sri Lanka to the National Red List of 2020, with the aim of conserving these threatened Flora.

Director-General at the Department of National Botanic Gardens, Shelomi Krishnarajah said the following three plant species that are threatened of extinction, were added to the 2020 National Red List:
01. Rinorea bengalensis
02. Rinorea decora
03. Crudia zeylanica

The aforementioned three plants were added to the Red Book revising the decision to add five (05) plants at the risk of extinction, on an earlier occasion.

According to Shelomi Krishnarajah, the Director-General at the Department of National Botanic Gardens, although these plants are recognized as at risk of extinction, the plants could still be discovered at various locations rarely.

The National Red List or the Red Book consists of Fauna and Flora that are at the risk of extinction.

The main objective of the National Red List is to conduct a census with regard to the endangered Flora and Fauna at the risk of extinction given various human activities that cause destruction to the environment and ensure the conservation of the relevant species.

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