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Conservation of Wild Plants

ByDavid R. Given, Nigel Maxted

David Brackett, chair of the International Conservation Union’s Species Survival Commission, asserted that, “If you like to breathe and you like to eat, you should care more about plants” (Given 1998). We share the world with perhaps as many as 30 million types of organisms, of which most are insects, but at least 235,000 are flowering plants, and 325,000 are the non-flowering algae, lichens, mosses, and fungi. Through photosynthesis, the conversion of the sun’s energy to other forms of energy, plants provide the vital link that allows life as we know it to exist on Earth. In a real sense, “all flesh is grass.”