Robust rattan palm assessed as Endangered, new Species Conservation Profile shows

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • January 17, 2017
  • An African rattan palm species has recently been assessed as Endangered, according to the IUCN Red List criteria. Although looking pretty robust at height of up to 40 m, the palm is restricted to scattered patches of land across an area of 40 km². It grows in reserves and conservation areas in Ghana and a […]

    Plants cheat too: A new species of fungus-parasitizing orchid

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , Leave a comment
  • November 4, 2016
  • Plants usually produce their own nutrients by using sun energy, but not all of them. A new ‘cheater’ species of orchid from Japan, lives off nutrients obtained via a special kind of symbiosis with fungi. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. The new orchid species, named Lecanorchis tabugawaensis, is by far […]

    Orchid or Demon: Flower of a new species of orchid looks like a devil’s head

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • July 12, 2016
  • A lone and unique population of about 30 reddish to dark violet-maroon orchids grows on the small patch of land between the borders of two Colombian departments. However, its extremely small habitat is far from the only striking thing about the new species. A closer look at its flowers’ heart reveals what appears to be […]

    From a bulletin to a modern open access journal: Italian Botanist in Pensoft’s portfolio

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • May 12, 2016
  • Established in the distant 1888, the Italian Botanical Society has gone a long way towards publishing its achievements and research. Originated as a bulletin within an Italian journal, they have been growing ever since to now form a new international journal in its own right. Covering both Italian and international research in botany and mycology, […]

    Curious new bush species growing ‘bleeding’ fruits named by a US class of 150 7th graders

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • May 4, 2016
  • A class of 150 US 7th graders has helped select a name for a newly discovered plant, which amazes with its fruits that appear to be bleeding once they are cut open. Bucknell University biology professor Chris Martine and life science teacher Bradley Catherman challenged the students to come up with ideas for what to call […]

    Poorly known South African mountain endemic appears to be a very valuable keystone species

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments
  • April 21, 2016
  • Mountain ecosystems are valuable providers of key resources including water. These ecosystems comprise diverse species, some of which appear to be especially important to the ecosystem’s functioning. In poorly studied mountain environments in biodiversity-rich countries, these keystone species can often be overlooked and undervalued. Macowania is a group of yellow daisy shrubs occurring in the […]

    South African endemic mountain plant gives itself up after 147-year absence

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • April 20, 2016
  • South Africa’s mountains are essential to the economic well-being of the country, providing many goods and services essential for social and economic prosperity. However, the biodiversity value of these mountains is still poorly understood. This is exemplified by the large number of plant species still only known from one or two collections made well over […]

    New species with heart-shaped fruits inspires a love for biodiversity in Hawai’i

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • February 12, 2016
  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day, botanists from Hawai’i have discovered a new species of plant with small heart-shaped fruits. The new species is a member of the coffee family (Rubiaceae) and part of the genus Coprosma, which occurs across many remote islands of the Pacific Ocean. They named the new Hawaiian species after the symbol […]

    Global Plant Conservation’s Phase 1: The world checklist of hornworts and liverworts

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • February 1, 2016
  • Although it was Charles Darwin himself who more than a century ago voiced his intention to support a complete catalogue of all known plant species, such is yet to be realised. In the present paper, however, an international research team present the first ever worldwide checklist of hornworts and liverworts, covering 7485 species from across […]

    Serendipitous orchid: An unexpected species discovered in Mexican deciduous forests

  • Pensoft Editorial Team
  • Tagged , , , , , , , , , Leave a comment
  • January 14, 2016
  • A new elegant orchid species that grows on rocks in deciduous forests of the Pacific slope of Oaxaca state, Mexico, has finally put an end to a long standing dispute among taxonomists. ‘Sheltered’ under the name of a close relative, the plant has been proved by a research team, led by Dr. Leopardi-Verde, to be […]