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The Fate of the World’s Plants
- Pimm, Stuart L., Raven, Peter H.
- Trends in ecology & evolution 2017 v.32 no.5 pp. 317-320
- extinction, humans, risk
- A recent report assessing the world’s plant species finds continuing progress in completing the taxonomic catalog. However, many undescribed species remain. The report concludes that, presently, 21% of known species risk extinction. We show this statement applies to the short-term and ignores the as-yet undescribed species, which are also likely at risk of extinction. Human actions will extirpate many more by the end of this century.