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originally posted by: Millions
a reply to: Wolfenz
I have no idea what plant he was looking for - sorry I can't be more helpful with that.
I always thought it was kinda cool, though - this guy backpacking through the jungle on the hunt for rare flowers and plants. Quite an adventure!
Magnolia grandis, previously know as Manglietia grandis, is native to southeastern Yunnan and southwestern Guangxi, China, very near the border with Vietnam. It is rare in cultivation and rare in the wild. Loss of habitat, .................photo credit: Ted Kipping due primarily to agricultural expansion and logging, and the ensuing fragmentation of the few remaining individuals have led it to be listed in the recently published “The Red List of Magnoliaceae” as Critically Endangered. The few trees that I have seen in the wild were on the edges of agricultural fields or in small remnant forests near villages. These remnant forests, often called Fēng Shŭi Lín, offer some degree of protection, although they are usually too small and have too few individuals to offer a viable future for this endangered magnolia.
Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa is the one place in the northwest where tourism is booming. It’s now firmly on the European and North American package-tour circuit, and well-equipped trekkers are a common sight around town.
Scotland’s First Minister has registered his concern over the case of Jamie Taggart, the botanist who has been missing in Vietnam since November.
Jamie had been missing for four weeks before his family were told. Alex Salmond has confirmed to Jamie’s cousin Jane White that after a request from the family the Scottish Government has registered its interest in the case with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. And he has also contacted Foreign Secretary William Hague, highlighting the issue and asking whether the UK authorities can do anything more to help the search.