Cienfuegos, Apr 4 . The Alcalypha Hutchinsonii Britton, exclusive plant of Guajimico, in the county of Cienfuegos, lives after 101 years of their discovery and in spite of the intense drought of the last months.
Julio León Cabrera, specialist of the Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos (JBC), said to the AIN that the copy is popularly an unique type inside the acquaintances as Tail of Cat, and has great capacity of survival, although the rains have not favored its natural habitat.
In several occasions the species was cultivated in the area of cactus of the JBC; however, this minuscule grass needs specific conditions of the climate and of dry, rocky and sedimentary floors, affirmed León Cabrera .
According to investigations, the Alcalypha Hutchinsonii Britton was discovered in 1910 by the North American Nataniel Lord Britton, founder and director up to 1929 of the Botanical Garden of New York, headquarters of the biggest herbarium in the world and of the International Association of Taxonoms of Plants.
In several official documents Lord Britton explains that during the first discovery confused the “Tail of Cat” with the Alcalypha Pigmaea A. Rich, and single eight years later was able to demonstrate its exclusivity.
Toward 1920 leaves to the public light the existence of this new variety of the flora named in honor to the English botanist John Hutchinson, refers a report of the herbalist of Cienfuegos.
In the territory are registered 41 endemic species in extinction danger, among which highlight the tree butter dish, the walnut, the bearded guano, and the copernicia. ( Yudith LópezRamos / AIN)