Wednesday, July 14, 2010

St. Helena Olive

St. Helena Olive, Nesiota elliptica, St. Helena, South Atlantic

This is from Wikipedia : The Saint Helena Olive (Nesiota elliptica) is a recently extinct plant from the monotypic genus of flowering plants Nesiota within the family Rhamnaceae.

It was an island endemic native to Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Despite its name, it is unrelated to the true olive (Olea europaea). The last remaining tree in the wild died in 1994, and the last remaining individual in cultivation died in December 2003, despite conservation efforts. It is thus a prime example of recent species and genus extinction (see also the List of extinct plants).

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