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Europe’s medicinal plants in decline, 2% threatened with extinction – IUCN report

Europe’s medicinal plants in decline, 2% threatened with extinction – IUCN report 26 May 2015 | News story The IUCN European Red List of Medicinal Plants provides, for the first time, information on the status of all major medicinal plants native to Europe. This assessment includes 400 vascular plants, including trees, aquatic plants and epiphytes, which occupy a wide range of habitats. These plants include common and widely-used species such as Arnica (Arnica montana ), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum ), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ) and Common Heather (Calluna vulgaris ). “Up to 50% of our prescription medicines use naturally occurring substances from plants. Europe has a tremendous diversity of wild plants. They have been sustaining our health for centuries,” said Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries . “Those plants h...

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