New flora species found in Quang Binh Province

QUANG BINH (VNS)— Scientists have discovered a new plant species in the buffer zone of the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in central Quang Binh Province.

The scientists from Germany's Institute of Botany in Dresden, the Viet Nam National Museum of Nature, and Department of Botany under the Ha Noi Pharmacology University, found the plant in the shadows of an evergreen forest zone in the province's Minh Hoa District.

The plant, which the scientists have named Aristolochia quangbinhensis Do, is said to belong to the Aristolochia branch of the Aristolochiaceae family.

The distinguishing characteristics of the new species, said to be similar to some found in South China, are that it has "a petiole 1.5–2.5cm long, lamina elliptic to oblong-elliptic and peduncle 1.5–2cm long covered with yellow-brown trichomes."

The scientists have suggested that the new find be listed as as a vulnerable species under criteria established by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), because its habitat is in the area with burning and cultivation activities where efforts to do away with slash-and-burn agriculture have not totally successful.


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