Our planet earth shows that the gradual loss of flowers is happening worldwide. Native flowers are facing many of the same danger to their existence that is also faced by endangered and threatened animals. Among the factors that drive more flowers toward the point of extinction are deforestation, invasive species, habitat loss, and over-harvesting. The future for some species may be unsure but for some there is no future at all. There are only a few species found in the forest and some even become extinct before they are known to the public.
Some of the flowering plants that have vanished from the earth are cosmos atrosanguineus, mace pagoda, Wynberg conebush, powderpuff, euphorbia mayurnathanii, lysimachia minoricensis, acalypha rubrinervis, valerianella affinis, and cry violet or cry pansy. The cosmos atrosanguineus was a native of Mexico. It was otherwise known as chocolate cosmos due to the chocolate-like scent of its dark red flowers. Mace pagoda, Wynberg conebush, powderpuff were species of protea. The populations of these flowers were few which later disappeared in Britain. Another extinct flowering plant was euphorbia mayurnathanii found in India. The plant was first found on a rocky edge. In Spain, there was also an extinct flower known as lysimachia minoricensis. The plant vanished on the years between 1926 and 1950. Found on Saint Helena islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, the acalypha rubrinervis was a member of string tree family creating textured and colored flowers. Valerianella affinis was an extinct perennial plant that grew on the dry hill slopes of Yemen. A native in France, cry violet or cry pansy is now gone in the floral world. Habitat obliteration in the excavation of limestone led the plant’s extinction.
Millions of plant species are already placed on the borderline of extermination. As caretakers, it is up to us to save the existence of the floras before all flower species becomes extinct.