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Extinct plant rediscovered after 200 years

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One of the first recorded species to have been lost to forestry and agriculture in the Western Cape in the 1800s, a type of fountain bush from the pea family that used to grow next to mountain streams in the Tulbagh region, have been rediscovered.

Psoralea cataracta was discovered by Brian du Preez, a Ph.D. student in botany at the University of Cape Town, when he accidently stumbled upon a population on a narrow track close to a river on a farm near Tulbagh on Oct. 24, 2019.

Until now, P. cataracta was only known from a single specimen collected from "Tulbagh waterfall" in 1804, and in 2008, after many fruitless searches, it was officially declared extinct on the Red Data List of South African Plants.

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-extinct-species-rediscovered-winterhoek-mountains.html

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