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Cylindrocline commersonii

Tree daisy

About the plant

There are only 12 specimens of Cylindrocline commersonii left in the wild, all growing on the side of Le Pouce mountain, Mauritius.

  • 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
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
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Facts

  • Sunflower family
  • Young plants exceptionally shaggy-haired
  • Purple clusters of flowers and white pollen

Entire genus in danger

Cylindrocline are a genus of flowering plant in the sunflower family. The genus contains two species, both endemic to the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

Together with C. lorencei (also planted in the Temperate House) these two species are critically endangered.

Seeds from Kew’s plants have been stored in the Millennium Seed Bank and shared with botanic gardens worldwide. In situ and ex situ conservation of this species is currently in progress at the National Park Conservation Service and at the Forestry Service in Mauritius.


Le Pouce mountain

Le Pouce means ‘the thumb’ as this mountain sticks out like a thumb from the range. It is the third highest mountain on Mauritius at 812m.

Related to edelweiss and cudweeds
  • 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
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Click on icon to reveal more