A rare species of pitcher plant has been re-discovered in a national park in the southern Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh after disappearing more than a century ago from the wild and cultivation.
News website Dat Viet (Vietnamese Land) Monday quoted Nguyen Dinh Xuan, director of the Lo Go-Xa Mat National Park, as saying that less than 100 specimens of the Thorel pitcher plant (Nepenthes thorelii Lecomte ) were found in a remote area bordering Cambodia.
Dr Vu Ngoc Long of the Institute of Tropical Biology had "accidentally" shot a photo of the plant during a survey trip of the park in the middle of last year, the news website said.
Later, in August, a group of scientists from the institute and the park along with others from France and Britain went on another survey trip and found the plant again, it said.
According to Dr Luu Hong Truong of the institute, the pitcher plant was first discovered by Clovis Thorel, a French botanist, in the southern province of Binh Duong between 1861 and 1869, but never again was it spotted in the wild.
He said following the discovery now the institute has recommended that related agencies and international organizations should place the species in the endangered list in Vietnam and globally so that it can be conserved.
Park authorities along with scientists and biodiversity management agencies are also making plans to breed the plant and register it for a patent to protect it from biopiracy.
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