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Kew man keeps hope alive for extinct St Helena Olive

Plant experts still hope to rediscover the St Helena Olive, the unique island tree that was declared lost in 2003 – for a second time. The stubby tree was presumed extinct until island naturalist George Benjamin discovered a single specimen … Continue reading

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St Helena Olive turns to stone in island’s extinction project

The lost St Helena olive looks set to be recreated in stone, as part of a project to record the world’s extinct species. The Memo Project is being established on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, where the RMS St Helena … Continue reading

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George Benjamin: the man who saved the St Helena ebony

George Benjamin had already discovered the last surviving St Helena Olive tree when, in 1980, he spotted an unusual plant on a cliff. It turned out to be one of the island’s “lost” endemic plants: the St Helena (dwarf) ebony, … Continue reading

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