Surrounded by wide, blue ocean, islands are home to a surprising diversity of plants. These unique environments are very fragile and easily disturbed by natural or human activity, and particularly by non-native invasive plants.
Around 80 islands in the world are considered to be biodiversity ‘hotspots’, including Madagascar, Cuba, Hawaii, Fiji, and the whole Caribbean chain of islands.
Look out for:
Sophora toromiro – a small tree extinct in its native Easter Island. It now only exists in botanic gardens. It is hoped that working together such gardens can re-introduce this species.
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