St Helena ebony

Bride Wendy has her flower on her cake – and eats it

The St Helena ebony, rescued from extinction by Charlie Benjamin, has found a place in UK national ceremonial – and on his daughter’s wedding cake. Simon Pipe of St Helena Online was honoured to give a speech telling Charlie’s story. Wendy Benjamin would have liked to have living ebony flowers at her wedding to Campbell Duncan. But …

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Move to recognise Charlie’s bravery – and the plant he saved

Renewed efforts are in hand to adopt the St Helena ebony as the island’s national flower. And a place on the map may be in store for the man who brought it back from extinction – in his teeth. Charlie Benjamin scaled a dangerous cliff to retrieve the rediscovered plant. Now it has been suggested …

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Wirebird remains on global danger list, thanks to airport

St Helena’s unique wirebird features on the latest “red list” of the world’s critically endangered species, thanks to threats from the airport and new tourist developments. Its recovering population should have been enough for its threat status to be relaxed, but it was argued that it should remain on the danger list to give time …

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Endemics for sale: St Helena’s new cash crop?

Some of St Helena’s unique plants could be grown for export to garden centres around the world, it’s been suggested. The idea is put forward in the masterplan for the Wirebird Hills eco-resort at Broad Bottom, which also includes planting endemic species across the 160-hectare site. Growing tree ferns could become a business opportunity for Saints, …

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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, now widely re-established on the island. George died on 30 April 2012. BASIL GEORGE has …

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