Biologist defends preservation of the marmulan, an endemic flora in Cabo Verde

Praia, Dec 4 (Inforpress) – Isildo Gomes, a biologist specialising in natural resource management, is leading a project to identify, monitor, map and preserve the marmulan, an endemic species of Cabo Verde with medicinal qualities, which was once widely used for firewood and grazing.

Scientific data indicates that Ribeira de Cuba, located in the Serra da Malagueta, in the interior of Santiago, has an estimated population of more than 100 feet of this plant “of the Sideroxylon genus, of the marginatum species”, which is endemic to Cabo Verde and can be found on the islands of Santiago, Santo Antão, São Nicolau and Fogo in a universe of approximately 1,500 feet.

This vegetation is considered an endemic species of this archipelago and, at the same time, emblematic of the country, which is why it is the subject of a scientific study that has already considered that the island of Santiago cultivates more than 50% (percent) of this species in Cabo Verde, with more than 850 identified feet.

Scientifically, the island of Santo Antão currently has 261 marmulan trees inventoried, followed by the island of Fogo, with 241, and São Nicolau with 41 identified feet.

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