04 April 2011

Marasmodes Day

Did you know that Freedom Day, 27 April, is also Marasmodes Day?
Marasmodes is a small genus in the Daisy family that consists of only 13 species. Marasmodes Day was declared by Ismail Ebrahim, Project Manager of CREW*, in the September 2009 issue of Veld & Flora to highlight the plight of many of our plant species that are rapidly becoming extinct due to human despoilment of the planet.

*CREW are the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers. Visit their website here.

The illustration above shows Marasmodes fasciculata with a tiny Anthomyia fly pollinator. Photo: I. Ebrahim.

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