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Polygala balansae, a new bush to Europe, at risk of extinction in Spain
Date:5/4/2010

esearcher says, "the species itself is not protected and nor is the area it occupies, meaning it should be included in future red lists of threatened species, and protective regulations introduced to cover the whole area where it is found".

The researchers are also calling for urgent measures to protect areas where the bush could potentially grow, and where no protective guarantees are in place, such as Murcia, Almera, Granada and Malaga.

The voyage of the African bush

Prior to this study, the distribution area of Polygala balansae was thought to be limited exclusively to Morocco. The bush can be found in the High Atlas, the Western Anti-Atlas and in some parts of the Mid Atlas. It is very widely distributed in Morocco, where populations have a high number of individuals "and so it is not under threat there", Lorite concludes.


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