Rare plant “Adenocarpus faurei” declared lost in Algeria

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A rare plant named “Adenocarpus faurei” declared lost in Algeria following five-year search that failed to turn up any sign of its continued existence.

The plant, native to the Oued Sidi Khaled valleys of northern Algeria, with an altitudes of around 3,600 feet, was first described scientifically in 1926—which, coincidentally, was the last time it was ever officially seen.

In this aspect, Tiaret’s University of Ibn Khaldoun started a search for Adenocarpus faurei in 2009. They then conducted a thorough exploration from 2012 through 2017, systematically covering the entire forested area around Tiaret.

The findings of this research warned, in a paper published April 26th in The Journal of Threatened Taxa, that  Adenocarpus faurei’s fate could be shared by other endemic Algerian plants, which have been understudied since the country’s independence in 1962.They write: “Research on these endemic, rare and localized plants is deficient and their conservation status, or even their existence, is not well known. In Algeria and the neighboring countries of northern Africa, several similar species may be extinct in areas that are poorly protected or even neglected by responsible authorities.”

 

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