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  1. Kay at |

    Only two of the first one left? Wow.

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  2. Equalizer at |

    Stupid Loggers

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  3. Steve at |

    Thanks for featuring our flagship species. However, please note the correct spelling of the Swahili name is mpingo. In English it is called blackwood after the colour of the heartwood not the bark. For more information about the tree please see http://www.mpingoconservation.org/mpingo_tree.htm…. In order to conserve this tree, and contribute to poverty alleviation, in future we would like musicians to buy only clarinets, oboes and bagpipes that have been made of certified wood. See soundandfair.org for more information on this.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Thank you, Steve. We have made the corrections.

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      1. Mark Spivak at |

        There are a few types of woods that have “blackwood” in there commercial names. In the US, we refer to it as African Blackwood a true Dalbergia (rosewood)not to be confuse with the Australian blackwoods and so forth. It is hard to find suitable wood in this species for instrument making due to the small diameter of the trees and their tendancy to check (crack) when drying. They make excellent classical guitar back and side sets. The tonal contribution is one of reverbs and glassy sustain much like another tree on this list Honduras Rosewood. Also, I am very surprised to see that Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) and Pernambuco bow wood were not mentioned. I have worked with reclaimed or cities certified specimines from each of these incredibly special trees.

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  4. JW at |

    Now I kinda wish that I hadn't used Bois Dentelle wood on my deck. Oh well, Baobab charcoal grilled hummingbird wings anyone. I cooked more than enough for everyone.

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  5. John McDonnell at |

    Thanks for this article. The only tree I even knew about on this list is the baobab. It's good that you're publicizing these trees, and the efforts to save them. My favorite is still the baobab. What a massive, magnificent tree!

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  6. FCS at |

    This was a great list. This list is better than ANY list on listverse. Bunch of biased a**holes who care more about stating their opinions instead of facts.

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  7. Ash at |

    Thanks FCS, glad you enjoyed it :)

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  8. Prerak at |

    A ver much thanks 2 dis website for helping out 4 my project

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  9. Coast2Coast at |

    Thanks for the info on the Dracaena Draco or Dragon Tree. I´m actually living in Cape Verde now. I don´t know if your correct on the reason why the tree is going extinct. http://www.globaltrees.org/tp_dracaena.htm. Global Trees say´s that the tree is going extinct because a “approximately five hundred years ago the fruit of the Dragon Tree was the staple food of an endemic, Dodo-like, flightless bird that is now extinct. The processing of Dragon Tree seeds through the digestive tract of this bird helped stimulate germination. It is possible that the loss of this bird species has led to a decline in naturally occurring Dragon Trees. It is becoming very rare and seed must be manually processed in order to germinate.” Also, Cape Verdeans hold the Dragon Tree in high regard and even though their is almost no wood here, they would never cut down a Dragon Tree. The trees are a symbol of Cape Verde and a lot is done to conserve their presence here.

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  10. Tim Upham at |

    So much emphasis is placed on endangered animals, that endangered plants are often overlooked. Both IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) will publish lists of endangered plants, where they are located, and what is being done to preserve them and replant them. Saving endangered plants is just as important, because they can provide gene pools for common plants threatened with diseases. They can assist with providing a gene pool to help stop wheat rust. I am impressed with what is being done with the mpingo. The replanting campaign is truly keeping alive the spirit of Wangari Maathai. From heaven, she can inspire us all to plant trees.

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  11. Sheryl Alvernaz at |

    In 2011 i grew approximately 75 dragon trees from seed that are doing beautifully… it was a process I admit, and i tried 4 different growing methods before hitting on the best. The article does not mention that they also grow here in the Azores islands but it is difficult to find any young plants. As with many other islands and countries, they are nearing extinction here as well. I started the program for regrowth of the trees in 2011. It takes nearly a year for them to be about 6-8 inches in height. Anyone interested in the trees and regrowth of the trees, please feel free to contact me. In fact, if you wish to add my contact information to your article on the extinct trees please feel free to do so. It is salvernaz@yahoo.com. I would love to try to grow some of the other trees on the extinct list here so may be contacting the other growers mentioned.

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  12. shd at |

    I saw 2-3 Monkey Puzzle trees in Italy . In some peoples gardens near Udine . Those are some spectacular trees . Wish i had 1.

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  13. Pam at |

    Your entire article was very interesting & informative. It is such a shame that these beautiful trees are endangered! I took a particular interest in ‘Bois Dentelle.’ My husband is into farming & I love to garden. Would there be any way at all for us to acquire a ‘start’ of this beautiful tree & attempt to get it started in our country? (U.S.A.) Thank you. Pam E.

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  14. cacktis at |

    are brazilwood trees not very endangered

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    1. Tim Upham at |

      According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Brazilwood trees are classified as Endangered.

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  15. Norbertjan Gargantiel at |

    I was hoping to find the number of trees that are left but sadly some of the topics didn’t have the number of trees left.

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  16. Scottie Ash seed at |

    Welcome to the first modern day extinction event of our 21st century as the invasive Emerald Ash Borer causes the wild American Fraxinus Ash tree species to stop evolving since glutinous borers kill off young replacement trees before reaching seeding age. The forever loss of this “Keystone” species to the Elm-Ash-Cottonwood ecosystem will also cause chain extinction of 44 arthropods which rely on ash for existence. Ancient American Ash is our worlds progenitor to the worlds Fraxinus genome.

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