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Thirty-two New Plant Species Discovered at NCI’s San Francisco Scientific Station
May 2011

Many of these 32 species are not known to occur anywhere else in the world.

Over the last five years, 32 new plant species have been discovered at NCI’s San Francisco Scientific Station – an impressive number according to David Neill, coauthor of a new book cataloguing Ecuador’s diversity in plant species and former curator of the Missouri Botanical Garden. This includes species new to science as well as “new country records” for Rio Nea Property, ZamoraEcuador (i.e. species known previously from Peru, Colombia or other countries and recently identified from specimens collected in Ecuador). Many of these 32 species are not known to occur anywhere else in the world. These new discoveries demonstrate the great conservation value of the San Francisco Scientific Station as well as the ongoing cutting-edge research there.

The new book documents 1,547 new additions to the Ecuadorian flora, including 719 new species described from Ecuadorian material, 421 new country records for Ecuador, and 407 taxonomic changes. The new total for the identified flora of Ecuador is 18,198 species of vascular plants (17,683 native species), of which approximately 5,400 species are considered endemic to Ecuador.

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