Posted by: purplepaula1 | May 21, 2010

Kew saves smallest waterlily from extinction

Carlos Magdalena, scientist at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, has prevented the extinction of the world’s smallest waterlily (just a centimetre wide!) and is now planning to repopulate it in its Rwandan native hot springs. The Thermal Lily has been extinct in the wild for two years, but Magdalena used seeds kept in storage at Kew to regrow the plant.

To read the full BBC News story and watch a short video of how the waterlily was saved from extinction click here.

(Please note: the image shown here is not of the Thermal Lily)

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