Skip to comments."Extinct" Plants Found in Remote Australia
Posted on 04/12/2008 8:42:58 PM PDT by Pyro7480
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Two plants that were thought to have been extinct since the late 1800s have been rediscovered in far northern Australia, according to an official report released on Saturday.
The Queensland state government's State of the Environment report said the two species were found on Cape York, in tropical far north Queensland.
"The Rhaphidospora cavernarum, which is a large herb that stands about one and a half meters high, has reappeared," state climate change minister Andrew McNamara told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio.
"It hasn't been seen in Queensland since 1873," he said.
He said the second plant that has reappeared, another herb called Teucrium ajugaceum, was last seen in 1891.
The report was produced from research by more than 100 academic and government experts.
"The rediscovery of two presumed extinct plant species has seen a decline in this category, with a corresponding increase in the endangered category," the report said.
It said more than 50 plant species new to science are discovered and described in Queensland every year and there are more than 12,000 native plant species known to science in the state.
(Reporting by Victoria Thieberger; Editing by Jerry Norton)
Interesting, any notion as to their demise in the first place?
Is this possibly a re-awakening of seed due to heavy wild fires or flooding?
Good news bump.
Good. Let’s burn them for bio fuels.
I wonder if we need to take all the environmentalists and march them around the world categorizing everything. How many species on the “extinct” list might not be extinct? (Ivory billed woodpecker, for example). Or endangered species that aren’t really endangered?
If they can find it after several human generations, they weren’t looking hard enough.
Perhaps the herb can one day cure liberalism. I can hope can’t I?
It takes a “hundred experts” to report two plants were found? Outstanding!
Climate Change Minister?
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It’s worse - his full title is actually the Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation.
A great man once said that the closest thing we as human beings have seen in the way of immortality was a government program.
That makes “Minister for Sustainability (socialism), Climate Change (no using resources peasants), and Innovation (government waste)” even more frightening.
And there I was, hoping for our very own Minister For the Protection of Morality and the Prevention of Vice.
"Yo! Whassup Teucrium ?"
"We been busted, now where do we go?"
“And there I was, hoping for our very own Minister For the Protection of Morality and the Prevention of Vice.”
I do not see a sarcasm tag. Did you forget something? Or are you just depending on our discernment and perception?
(prepares flamethrowers, sends out a call to viking and other kitties...)
Very brave of you. Not, perhaps, very wise, but very brave...
And it looks like it worked, too. Hmmmm. If I can find my last two functioning brain cells, maybe I'd better think on that. ;)
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