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Salvia caymanensis

Cayman sage

About the plant

Salvia caymanensis is endemic to Grand Cayman, part of the Cayman Islands. For nearly 40 years it was thought that the Cayman sage was extinct.

  • Critically endangered

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
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Facts

  • Produces prolific seeds
  • Double-lipped flowers
  • Pollinated by flying insects
  • The Cayman Islands is a UK Overseas Territory

Wanted

In 2005, conservationists commissioned a local artist to create a ‘Wanted’ poster for the Cayman sage. It had last been seen in 1969 and was feared extinct.

The poster gave a description of what the sage looks like and where it might be found. “Authorities are asking the public to be especially vigilant in their efforts to locate Cayman Sage as there is growing concern for its safety. As the search continues, so too do fears for Sage’s future.” And there was a reward of $1,000 Cayman dollars.

After two years a motorist waiting at some roadworks spotted the plants with the characteristic blue flowers growing in roadside vegetation.


Cayman Islands

There are 21 species of plants known to only exist on the Cayman Islands. Almost half of these are threatened with extinction.

Find more salvias in the border between the Plant Family Beds and Rock Garden
  • Critically endangered

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Click on icon to reveal more