The Flora of Réunion Island at Risk: one in three species are threatened with extinction

17 December 2010 | News story

After an initial set of chapters dedicated to the fauna of Réunion Island, the national Red List of Threatened Species in France has been expanded to include the flora of the island.

 All indigenous vascular plants, which include 905 species of ferns and flowering plants from Réunion, were assessed using the Categories and Criteria of the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. The study was carried out by the IUCN French National Committee, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, the Fédération des conservatoires botaniques nationaux and the Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin. This study highlights the current state of affairs on Réunion; it shows that 49 plant species (5.4%) have already disappeared from the island and that another 275 species (30.4%) are now classified as Threatened.