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New flowering plants found

Update: December, 13/2014 - 12:00

The bad news is that every day a type of plant becomes more and more rare on this Earth.

However, the good news is that sometimes scientists find plants that were not known to them.

This has just happened at the Institute of Ecology in Ho Chi Minh City. Scientists found that some plants they brought in from the countryside are types of camellia plants that had not yet been discovered.

Camellia duyana Orel.
Camellia duyana Orel.

HA NOI (VNS) — Vietnamese scientists of the HCM City-based Southern Institute of Ecology have discovered four new camellia species in Viet Nam.

They are Camellia bugiamapensis Orel, Curry, Luu & Q.D; Camellia duyana Orel, Curry & Luu, sp. Nov; Camellia ligustrina Orel, Curry & Luu, sp. Nov; and Camellia capitata Orel, Curry & Luu, sp. Nov.

The species were found during the scientists' investigation in the jungles of the Central Highlands and Southeastern regions.

Camellia bugiamapensis, a bush, was found along rivers and streams of the tropical rainy jungles of Bu Gia Map National Park in southern Binh Phuoc Province. About 50 plants remain.

Perennial plant Camellia duyana was found on a mountain peak near Bidoup Nui Ba National Park in Lam Dong Province. Scientists suggested that this camellia be listed as a critically endangered species.

Camellia ligustrina, a bush, was found in the tropical rainy jungles of the Central Highlands' Bidoup Nui Ba National Park. About 50 plants remain.

Camellia ligustrina, a small bush, is a rare find in the mountainous area of Lam Dong Province's Phuoc Cat 2 Commune. It grows in evergreen jungles amid bamboo and rattan trees, and only three plants remain.

According to the scientists, about 80 per cent of the world's camellia species are found in China and the rest are scattered in various areas of Viet Nam. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Vietnamese scientists of the HCM City-based Southern Institute of Ecology have discovered four new camellia species in Viet Nam.

A species of camellia is a type of camellia plant.

Perennial plant Camellia duyana was found on a mountain peak near Bidoup Nui Ba National Park in Lam Dong Province. Scientists suggested that this camellia be listed as a critically endangered species.

Plants that are perennial last for several years.

Plants that are critically endangered are in great danger of dying out forever and becoming extinct, which means they are gone forever.

It grows in evergreen jungles amid bamboo and rattan trees, and only three plants remain.

Plants that are evergreen stay green throughout the year, unlike those that go brown in winter.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1.      There are only five known bushes left of the plant known as Camellia ligustrina.

2.      Bidoup Nui Ba National Park is in Lam Dong Province.

3.      By far the most of the different types of camellia plants in the world are found in China.

4.      Evergreen trees lose their leaves in winter.

5.      Camellia bugiamapensis is found mostly in desert areas.

ANSWERS:

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 1. False; 2. True; 3. True; 4. False; 5. False.

 

 

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