A hidden home for rare and endangered plants in central China

More than 1,300 species of rare and endangered plants have found their permanent home in the Yangtze River Rare Plant Research Institute in Yichang City, central China's Hubei Province over the past two decades of conservation.

The rescue and protection of rare and endangered species is an important part of the biodiversity conservation projects in China. Since the establishment of the institute which seats in the Three Gorges Dam area  in 2007, they have been focused on the protection of rare and endangered plants, especially the rare species that are endemic along the Yangtze River.

In order to ensure the survival rate of the introduced plants and gardens, greenhouse are designed and equipped with various environments and elements that are needed by the plants. 

Of the 1,300 species of plants, over 100 have been successfully artificially bred, many of them are under first-class or second-class national protection. Plants like China yew and loose flower have been successfully applied to the ecological restoration of the dam area.

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