Endangered Flowers – Introduction
Endangered flowers are a sad reality that we must face as a result of increased industrialism and human expansion. As more and more of the rainforests and jungles fall to the figurative axe of capitalist endeavors, we end up losing many of nature’s gifts that should be left to flourish in their natural environment.
Although there is little that the individual can do to prevent the loss of endangered flowers, joining environmental awareness organizations is a great way to become more familiar with the global situation. Many of these organizations are able to raise enough money to purchase acres of precious rainforest so as to preserve them from logging and destruction. In so doing, they provide a few small havens for the more endangered flowers.
Endangered Flowers – A List of Threatened Species
We’ve put together a list of some of the endangered flowers currently threatened by industry and expansion, including some facts about each species to make you more aware of their history and significance:
· Golden Paintbrush – These endangered flowers once occupied prairies from Vancouver Island to Oregon. It has been all but eradicated in these areas, although conservation efforts are being taken to ensure its re-growth.
· Titan Arum – The Titan Arum, or “corpse flower,” is one of the largest species of endangered flowers on the planet. Blooms are capable of reaching upwards of nine feet in height. It gets its unusual nickname from the carrion-like odor emanated by the flower. The purpose of this stench is to attract insects that would normally be seeking a dead animal, thus allowing for pollination.
These endangered flowers are native to Sumatra, and are heavily threatened by unchecked expansion through the forests of the island. It is relatively rare to find one in bloom, and becomes more-so with each passing year.
· Bearberry – Although not endangered flowers, this species of shrub is nevertheless threatened. The bearberry is common in the polar regions of the world, and gains its name due to a supposed love that bears have for the edible fruit. The plant has some useful medicinal properties.
It is claimed to strengthen the heart muscle and urinary tract, return the womb to its normal size after childbirth, and prevents uterine infection. It is also claimed to be a powerful tonic for the sphincter muscle of the bladder and so effectively helps with bladder control problems.
· Water Arum – The water arum is another endangered member of the arum family. Like the name suggests, it’s an aquatic flowering plant that thrives in bogs and ponds. Sadly, these areas are often damaged or threatened by expansion, resulting in the rarity of this species. The water arum is highly poisonous if eaten fresh, and so it is not recommended to attempt this.
· Field Poppy – The field poppy, native to England, has become very rare over time. These popular endangered flowers are now cultivated in an effort to preserve the species. Poppies were associated with cornfields in ancient times. Ceres, Roman goddess of corn, was depicted wearing a wreath of field poppies.
A field of poppies is a well-known symbol of Remembrance Day due to the fact that they were growing on the fields of Flanders after the battles of the First World War.
· Bird’s Eye Primrose – These endangered flowers are native to northern Europe and Asia, and very rarely can be spotted at high altitudes in the mountains of southern Europe. This small, arctic-alpine primrose grows from 3-20 cm in height. The violet-blue flowers appear in early spring, and often in clusters when the plant is older.
Endangered Flowers – Conclusion
This is just a tiny list of the many rare and endangered flowers in the world. Unless action is taken to control and prevent unchecked expansion, many of these species may become extinct in the near future. As we perfect environmental strategies, it becomes somewhat easier to negotiate and affect legislature involving the development of protected areas.
As a result, it’s a great idea to become involved in local groups that support the conservation of rare species. Although we can’t promise delivery to safety from the hands of encroachment into habitat, we can at least make attempts to preserve these rare treasures of nature. Every small effort helps in the long run.
Endangered flowers can make great gifts, and often add a flair and elegance to a garden or room that they grace with their presence. Although it may be difficult to include them in your garden if you live in a very different climate, greenhouses and suitable indoor environments can often compensate for this difficulty.
We hope that this brief look into endangered flowers has given you more information about how you can help affect the future of these rare and beautiful specimens. Remember that every person can make a difference.
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