Here is the list of the top 10 endangered trees
Due to climate change, deforestation, and over-exploitation it is estimated that almost 1,000 species of trees will face extinction within the next decade. When a tree becomes extinct, it also affects the ecosystem negatively. It is our duty to promote conservation and reforestation efforts to minimize this number.
Let us take a look at the top ten endangered trees below.
Araucaria Araucana (Monkey Puzzle)
- A large number of trees are commonly known as Araucaria. They are popular garden trees. They are evergreen conifers and can grow in a variety of environmental conditions. They are particularly preferred in gardens due to their appearance, low maintenance, and adaptability. If you have an araucaria in your home, you can enhance its beauty by hiring a professional tree pruning company.
The Monkey Puzzle Conifer is native to Argentina and the lower slopes of the Andes in Chile. The Monkey Puzzle is one of the endangered trees because it has lost a considerable area of its natural habitat to fire, deforestation, and volcanic eruptions. The tree’s seeds are edible, its resin has medicinal properties, and its wood is used as a building material. The monkey puzzle conifer has been known to exist since the time of the dinosaurs.
Magnolia Officinalis (Magnolia)
- There are about 245 species of Magnolia trees. However, about 131 of them are classified as endangered trees and vulnerable. They are on the verge of extinction unless protective measures are taken to protect them. The Magnolia tree is native to the temperate mountains and valleys of China.
This tree has medicinal properties and has been used extensively for making traditional medicines. The bark of this tree has been used as medicine since ancient times. The medicines made from the Magnolia tree help treat stress, anxiety, colds, coughs, and allergy symptoms. Tree reforestation not only helps prevent extinction but has several other benefits as well.
Taxus Brevifolia (Pacific Yew)
- Pacific Yew is used as a key ingredient in paclitaxel which is a cancer drug. Due to over-exploitation, this tree is on the verge of extinction. In the 1960s around 15,000 plants were chosen for testing due to their medicinal properties. About five made it to advanced testing and only one made it to the pharmacies which is the Pacific Yew.
Pacific Yew was once considered a weed tree. It looked scrawny and insignificant, however, its true potential was realized only when it succeeded in medicinal testing. Now it is one of the endangered trees of the world.
Caesalpinia Echinata (Pau Brasil)
- The Pau Brasil tree is also classified as highly vulnerable and is one of the endangered trees at the risk of extinction in the near future. The wood from this tree was used in making cellos, violas, and violins. Its wood is considered top quality due to its resonance, beauty, and flexibility. It was also used to make high-quality stringed instrument bows.
The Pau Brasil is only found in Brazil, which exacerbates its endangered status. The bark of this tree was used to create pigments. The tree was specially imported into Europe in the 1800s. Realizing this tree’s vulnerability, bowmakers in Europe and North America are promoting Pau Brasil’s reforestation and conservation efforts.
Swietenia Macrophylla (Big Leaf Mahogany)
- The Big Leaf Mahogany is native to Central America. Since the 1950s this tree’s population has declined by 70% and is now considered one of the endangered trees. This is due to weak regulations for the prohibition and prevention of deforestation. The wood of this tree is famous for making fine quality furniture since the 16th century. The main qualities of this tree’s wood include resistance to rot, durability, and exceptional strength.
The tree has a massive buttress. Its roots are able to support trunks reaching 200 feet in height. It has huge leaves that are made up of several leaflets. This is why it has the name Big Leaf Mahogany.
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