30 years later, a plant in danger of extinction is rediscovered in Ávila


Madrid, Jul 16 (EFE) .- A team of researchers has found a Spanish plant classified as “endangered” in the province of Ávila, which had been discovered for the first time almost thirty years ago.

It is the “floating plantain” (Luronium natans), whose only population in the Central System was discovered 28 years ago, the Royal Botanical Garden (RJB-CSIC) reported today.

The discovery has been made by a group of botanists participating in the “Flora of the Central System” project, including researcher Pablo Vargas, researcher at the Royal Botanical Garden of the Higher Council for Scientific Research.

The “floating plantain” has been found in the same stream of the Sierra de Malagón, in the province of Ávila and only two kilometers from the provincial border with the Community of Madrid, where it was discovered 28 years ago by Ginés López and Pablo Vargas himself and that it is still the only known population in the Central System.

“The species is in danger of extinction not only in the center of the Iberian Peninsula but also in all of Spain, as there are very few populations in Burgos, León, Lugo, Soria and Lérida,” Pablo Vargas said in a note by the Botanist.

In Lleida, this species is being studied and protected through a Life project financed by the EU, unlike the population of Avila, which “does not have any recovery plan, despite being the population that suffers the greatest climatic difficulties by marking the southern limit of its distribution in Europe, “added Vargas.

The reunion with this plant confirms, according to the researchers, the trend described by botany experts that there are still many species to discover in the mountains of the Central System (Malagón, Gredos, Guadarrama and Ayllón), and some of them new for the science.

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