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New plant species found in national park

Update: March, 13/2015 - 11:06
The new indigenous flora species found in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has been named Bung buc Phong Nha. — Photo toancanhbaochi.vn

QUANG BINH (VNS) — A new indigenous flora species has been discovered in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park of the central Quang Binh province, said a statement from the park's management board yesterday.

Bung buc Phong Nha, with the scientific name Mallotus phongnhaensis Thin & Kim Thanh, was discovered by botanists Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh and Nguyen Nghia Thin from the Ha Noi-based Viet Nam National University in the park's Doc Tau area in mid-2006.

The plant belongs to section Axenfeldia and genus Mallotus, a genus of the spurge family Euphorbiaceae.

The plant has several notable features, including its up to one-metre high shrubby habit, six to 12 sub-marginal extra-floral nectaries per side and few flowers.

The discovery was recently published in The Gardens' Bulletin Singapore magazine.

Deputy Director of the management board Dinh Huy Tri said that the finding had not only scientific value, but also contributed to the rich diversity of the park.

Covering an area of 85,754ha, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site on geological and geomorphological criteria by UNESCO in 2003.

A large number of fauna and flora species exist within the property, with 849 recorded vertebrate species, including a number of indigenous and endangered species such as tigers, Asiatic black bears, Asian elephants and giant muntjacs, as well as Asian wild dogs and the recently discovered Sao la deer.

The park is among the 238 most important ecological zones in the world. — VNS


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