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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