The mysterious case of the disappearing pencil cedar!
“Once upon a time, the West Indies had its very own species of juniper tree. Known colloquially as the pencil cedar, this conifer of the Caribbean was relatively common on the islands of Saint Lucia and Barbados.
“Today, the pencil cedar is teetering on the very brink of extinction – almost literally in this case. By the time botanists became aware of the perilous position of the species, the entire global population was confined to a few mature specimens clinging to the picturesque peak of Petit Piton in south-west Saint Lucia.”
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Date posted: 10/23/2020