Madagascar’s rare, unheralded flora

Last fall, I was in Madagascar and toured a forest preserve that protects a rare tree, call the sohisika. Above is an unpublished photo gallery form the trip, with botanists from the Missouri Botanical Garden, which runs the preserve.

(I know this is a flashback to the fall, but better late than never.)

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MBG: Development through conservation

Chris Birkinshaw (right) and Christian Camara (center), both of MoBot, inspect flora at the Ankafobe reserve

Chris Birkinshaw (right) and Christian Camara (center), both of MoBot, inspect flora at the Ankafobe reserve in Central Madagascar

Solofo, president of the local fokontany, shows off sohisika seedlings

Solofo, president of the local fokontany, checks sohisika seedlings at the nursery

Seedlings of sohisika, a tree endemic to only a few small stands of forest in central Madagascar

Seedlings of sohisika, a tree endemic to only a few small stands of forest in central Madagascar

Before leaving Madagascar, I took a day-trip with botanists Chris Birkinshaw and Christian Camara from the Missouri Botanical Garden to inspect a small nature reserve and several associated projects.

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