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Cylindrocline lorencei

Tree daisy

About the plant

Cylindrocline lorencei is a small tree that has been considered extinct in the wild since 1990, but has recently been reintroduced to its native Mauritius.

  • Not yet evaluated

    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

  • Extinct in the wild
  • Cultivated from rescued cells
  • 80 other plant species considered extinct on Mauritius
  • Sunflower family

Cloning from cells

Cylindrocline lorencei was last seen in the wild in Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius. Thankfully, seeds were collected from the last two wild plants before they died.

The seeds wouldn’t germinate using conventional methods. In our Conservation Biotechnology Unit scientists identified a small number of living cells contained within the embryos of the seeds from one plant. These living cells were extracted and cultured, and slowly they multiplied.

After several years of patient work, three clones were successfully reared, saving this species from extinction.


Never give up

Cylindrocline lorencei must be one of the most extreme cases of recovering a species from the brink of extinction.

It was not achieved from the last plant, nor from the last seeds, but from the last living cells of the organism left on Earth. I think this should inspire us to never give up. If there is only a spark of life, then there is a chance it can be used to ignite a recovery.”

Carlos Magdalena

Dense hairs offer sun protection and a means of capturing water vapour on foggy days
  • Not yet evaluated

    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