EASTER ISLAND: EXTINCT TREE BLOOMS AGAIN
50 years ago the last Toromiro became extinct in Easter Island. Only a few plants survived outside their natural habitat, such as the Bonn’s Botanical Garden. A new project takes him back to the island.
The Toromiro is an emblematic representative of the native flora of Easter Island and has great importance to the culture of Rapa Nui. Its wood was used historically to carve symbolic figures, but neither could traditions against the farm. Since the late nineteenth century the voracity of sheep caused serious damage to the ecosystem of the Chilean island, famous for its giant statues moai of stone.
The return of Toromiro is a dream cherished by the inhabitants of Easter Island. The development of this project is also observed with great interest by the scientific community, for which this isolated culture is an attractive research field inexhaustible.
- More : DW (in spanish)
- Photo: Jaime Espejo