Argyreia soutteri


 
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Soutter's Mourning Glory
(Argyreia soutteri)

 
syn. Lettsomia soutteri

 
distribution:

Australia: Queensland

 
local name: -

 
size: ?

extinction date: ?

 
This species is known only on the basis of a single herbarium collection from the year 1888, and although no one has ever found even a trace of this species again, it took one hundred years to classify it at least as >rare< in 1988.

In the official 'red list' it is still completely missing, as countless other species of plants and animals too.

 
left:

The photograph shows another member of the genus, the Woodrose (Argyreia nervosa), which is also found in Queensland - but as an introduced species.


Photo: by courtesy of Forest & Kim Starr (USGS)

 
References:

- David A. Keith; Mark A. Burgman: The Lazarus effect: can the dynamics of extinct species lists tell us anything about the status of biodiversity? Biological Conservation, Vol. 117(1) 41-48. 2004