Crudia zeylanica (Thwaites) Benth.

Sri Lanka legume tree


Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Rediscovered in 2019

IUCN status: Extinct


This species has been identified as one of the 50 best candidates for de-extinction, ranking 26/50 (Albani Rocchetti et al., 2022).



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Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Abstract] [Supplementary Dataset 1]

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Oldfield, Sara, Lusty, Charlotte and MacKinven, Amy (compilers). (1998). The World List of Threatened Trees. Cambridge, U.K.: World Conservation Press. 650 pp.

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