Sri Lankan monks ‘ordain’ last legume

Dawn
February 11, 2021

Sri Lankan Buddhist monks Wednesday ordained the world’s only known specimen of a species of local tree, in an attempt to stop it being axed to make way for a motorway.

The Sri Lanka Legume (Crudia zeylanica) was first classified in 1868 and last found in 1911. In 2012 it was declared extinct until the surprise discovery in 2019 of a lone tree just north of Colombo.

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