Loxococcus rupicola or Ran Dothalu is a rare endemic plant and is endangered

Occurred in Sri Lanka on Nov. 20, 2021 at 7:23 p.m.
Reported by Nishadi Gunatilake via Internet on Nov. 21, 2021 at 2:53 p.m.
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This report is Confirmed true and is of Low Priority. Here is why -
Loxococcus rupicola plant is endemic to Sri Lanka: https://www.floraofsrilanka.com/species/1. The National Red List 2020 published by the Biodiversity Secretariat of the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Department of National Botanic Gardens classifies it as endangered. Find the National Red List 2020 here: https://tinyurl.com/yjmyejdf. Loxococcus rupicola plant is protected under Schedule VIII of the Fauna and Flora Protection (Amendment) Act, No. 22 of 2009: https://tinyurl.com/5d2xk2e4. Context: On the 18th of November 2021, a Buddhist stupa named "Sanda Hiru Seya" was unveiled and consecrated. During the ceremony, the President had offered flowers of the Loxococcus rupicola plant and video footage of that was broadcast on television. Offering flowers of this plant is considered as an act which accumulates a lot of “Pin” or merits or good deeds. Many people had raised concerns over showing the President himself offering the flowers of this endangered, protected plant as it may encourage the public too to offer those, hindering the pollination and in turn the reproduction of this plant.
Resolution added by - Nishadi Gunatilake
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