A coastal survey in western India has spawned the discovery of a new species hiding in plain sight.
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In the March issue of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) Update newsletter we reported on a new discovery by Odette Curtis of the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust. The discovery was a beautiful and fragile member of the iris family, from the African genus Hesperantha.
This plant belongs to South Africa’s renosterveld ecosystem (a vegetation system that supports the highest number of bulbous plants in the world). So far it has only been found on one site in the Overberg district on the southern tip of South Africa – an area where less than 6% of original renosterveld coverage remains today.
In August we announced that FFI, together with the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust, would be auctioning the right to name this new species in a unique opportunity that would give someone the chance to preserve their name, or that of a loved one, for eternity. The auction had been online since August and closed at an FFI event on 31st October.
We are really pleased to announce that upon close the auction had achieved a fantastic £29,200! This money is going to be used by the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust to carry out their essential work to save the remaining areas of renosterveld. This fantastic sum is enough to sustain the Trust for a full year and will allow them time and resources to make a significant impact on renosterveld conservation.
If you have any questions at all about this auction – or would like to find out more about the work that this auction will benefit then please contact:
+44 (0) 1223 431 952