by David Gill
Surveys carried out by Center for Plant Conservation Vietnam (CPCV) have identified new populations of a number of threatened species including the Critically Endangered Magnolia grandis.
The new findings come after over two weeks of fieldwork in forests surrounding the villages of Phieng Luong and Phieng Phoc in North Vietnam.
Among a number of new findings, a major highlight was the discovery of three Magnolia grandis trees and five small saplings of Magnolia coriacea in North Vietnam. Until recently these species were thought to be restricted to small pockets of forest in southern China.