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A recent report from the IUCN warns that 83% of palms on the island of Madagascar are at risk of extinction, threatened mainly by habitat loss and over-collection.  Because all palms on Madagascar are endemic – unique to the island – any palm species lost there represents a global extinction.

The Critically Endangered “Suicide Palm”, Tahina spectabilis….only 30 mature trees remain

These alarming palm statistics were contained in the latest update of the IUCN Red List, a global assessment of the conservation status of species.  The recent update lists 20,219 species as at risk of extinction worldwide.

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