Global flower trade threatens rare palm

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Marché aux fleurs à Mexico City©OMAR TORRES / AFP

Demand for leaves from an endangered palm, found in Central and South America, is threatening the species’ long term survival, a study warns.

Leaves from the xate palm are used by the international flower trade, and are mostly harvested from wild trees.

UK researchers said training locals to cultivate the trees, thus easing the pressure on the wild population, only had a limited success.

The findings have been published in the journal Plos One.

BBC News.

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