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Tamarau mountains in New Guinea, one of the few places left where the rainforest is unbroken as far as the eye can see. Photograph: William J Baker/RBG Kew
August 6, 2020

New Guinea is home to more than 13,500 species of plant, two-thirds of which are endemic, according to a new study that suggests it has the greatest plant diversity of any island in the world – 19% more than Madagascar, which previously held the record. Ninety-nine botanists from 56 institutions in 19 countries trawled through samples, the earliest of which were collected by European travellers in the 1700s. 

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