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Botanists find new species of magnolia in Río Zuñac Reserve

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Everyone who knows about trees has heard of magnolias and it is hard to imagine that trees in this dramatic genus remain undiscovered. However, the discovery of two new magnolia species in one small area in Río Zuñac Reserve is a testament to the very special character of the very wet Cordillera Abitagua, semi-isolated granite mountains separating the main body of the Andes from the immense, flat Amazon basin.

Roberto Pedraza of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG), WLT’s partner in Mexico, recently discovered two new species of magnolia in Sierra Gorda.

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Friday, January 16, 2015