Extinction or Survival: Botanic Gardens as Agents of Change | David Braun | National Geographic| September 19, 2014

On the edge of a cliff overlooking Molokai's Ha'upu Bay, botanist Steve Perlman.

On the edge of a cliff overlooking Molokai’s Ha’upu Bay, botanist Steve Perlman.

On the edge of a cliff overlooking Molokai’s Ha’upu Bay, botanist Steve Perlman hand-pollinates a Brighamia insignis flower.

The plant’s population is declining probably because its natural pollinator, a moth, has been disappearing. With human intervention, the plant will hopefully continue to propagate.

Mr. Perlmanis is a botanist for the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii.

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