Two rare species of forget-me-nots have been added to Flora of New Zealand. These new species were discovered in the mountains of the South Island during an expedition led by Dr. Carlos A. Lehnebach. These new species have been described and illustrated in an article published in the open access journal PhytoKeys….
These two new species are extremely uncommon. One is currently known from a single spot where only six plants were found. The other species is habitat-specific and it is only found at the base of limestone bluffs. “Because of the low number of plants and populations currently known for these forget-me-nots, they have been rated as Nationally Critical,” said Dr. Lehnebach. This is not unusual for New Zealand forget-me-nots, and many of them are currently threatened.
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