Losing Paradise?

“Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World”—Natural History Museum, through Dec. 12, 2010

Our planet’s rich diversity of plant life is at risk.  Ecosystems are changing rapidly and more than 20 percent of the world’s flora is threatened with extinction.  Scientists are racing to gather information on known plants and to document  the estimated 50,000 plant species that have never been scientifically described before they disappear forever.  This exhibit highlights the detailed botanical illustrations that convey the vital importance of plant conservation by documenting plant diversity for future generations and reminding us of our vanishing botanical wealth.

Image of Lycaste macrophylla from Peru by Angela Mirro

Posted: 29 August 2010
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.