Illegal plant trade, tourism threaten new Philippine flowering herbs

  • Scientists have described a new ornamental plant species in the biodiverse region of Palawan, a province in the western Philippines.
  • The new species, Begonia cabanillasii, is the 25th begonia species found on the island and the 133rd recorded in the Philippines.
  • Begonias are flowering perennial herbs popular in the ornamental plant trade. The new species grows in a shady and rocky undergrowth habitat in Palawan and is assessed to be critically endangered.
  • The illegal plant trade and tourism, a driver of deforestation in the province, pose the biggest threat to this new plant species and other Palawan-endemic flora, researchers say.

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