What is an endangered plant?

C. Dennis Adams, Yasmin S. Baksh


The Threatened Plants Committee (TPC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, is based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England. In May and June 1979 the TPC Secretariat prepared and issued pro forma lists of Trinidad and Tobago flowering plants which sbould be considered for inclusion (or exclusion after study) in the Red Data Categories: extinct; endangered; vulnerable; rare; indeterminate and insufficiently known. In view of discrepancies in the TPC lists, the demonstrated need for a plan leading to some positive investigative procedure, and the opportunity to work from a small but comprehensive herbarium comprising both classic and modem collections, the authors decided to use their local facilities to prepare an independent list.

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