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IN THE NEWS, January 29, 2011
New Species of Schefflera
The Gardens continue to be involved in the
forefront of understanding global and national
plant biodiversity. Each year about 2000 new species of plant are discovered and named.
Last year, Matthew Jebb, along with his colleague Hajo Esser from Munich,
described the new species Schefflera poomae
(right) from Thailand. The species is named in honour of a Thai
colleague, Dr Rachun Pooma with whom Matthew
collected in 1994.
The species appears to be restricted to a small, but spectacular area of mountainous limestone in
Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary in Tak Province of Thailand (below).