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The conservation of plant species in botanical gardens and seed banks is an important complement to conserving species in their natural habitat. It is therefore necessary to give the same attention to the biological diversity represented in ex situ conservation facilities as is often given to protected areas.
The fruit bodies of the fungus Clavariadelphus truncatus emerge from the woodland floor like pale brown flat-topped (truncated) stalagmites. Although a conspicuous fungus, it has no vouchered British records since Carleton Rea’s find in Shrawley Wood, Worcestershire, in 1924, and it was unofficially declared extinct here in 2006.
Molluginaceae are a family of herbs and small shrubs of arid lands. However, DNA studies have shown that not all species attributed to this family are the closest relatives of each other. Several genera have already been removed from Molluginaceae and placed in other families.