Two near-extinct trees found by Chinese river

Two trees that are critically endangered were discovered in central China’s Hunan province. This brings their known total number to only six.

According to a report on Pear Video, researchers found two Gleditsia velutina trees near a river in Henschen Mountain located in Hunan Province. 

“Seeds of this tree are very difficult to sprout,” Kuang Jianjun, one of the researchers who found the trees told Pear Video. “The tree’s wax on its seeds hinder sprouting,” said Kuang, explaining one of the reasons that the trees are so rare now.

All six of the near-extinct trees are now growing in Central China.