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US Botanic Garden Fights to Save Endangered Plants

The US Botanic Garden houses more than 10,000 plants in exhibits which reflect the world’s deserts, jungles and other landscape. Many of the plants on display are endangered.

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After 160 million years as an integral part of the Beech and Magnolia forests in the southeastern US, the Stinking Cedar now faces extinction due to habitat destruction and a widespread fungal disease. (Atlanta Botanical Garden)
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After 160 million years as an integral part of the Beech and Magnolia forests in the southeastern US, the Stinking Cedar now faces extinction due to habitat destruction and a widespread fungal disease. (Atlanta Botanical Garden)

This rare Alluaudia montagnacii, like 80 percent of the 12,000 plant species in Madagascar, can only be found on the island nation. (US Botanic Garden)
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This rare Alluaudia montagnacii, like 80 percent of the 12,000 plant species in Madagascar, can only be found on the island nation. (US Botanic Garden)

The Hawaiian caper has traditionally been very useful as a medicinal plant. (National Tropical Botanical Garden)
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The Hawaiian caper has traditionally been very useful as a medicinal plant. (National Tropical Botanical Garden)

The Tennessee coneflower exists naturally in locations around Nashville, Tennessee. (US Botanic Garden)
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The Tennessee coneflower exists naturally in locations around Nashville, Tennessee. (US Botanic Garden)

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