Platanthera praeclara Red-Listed as Endangered (EN) -- 2008-October

Platanthera praeclara has been added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in the Endangered (EN) category as of 2008-October.  It becomes the first orchid to be Red-Listed for the continental US and Canada.  Details about the assessment are found in www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/132834

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, created in 1963, is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species.  The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is the world's main authority on the conservation status of species.  Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Gland Switzerland, the IUCN brings together 83 states, 108 government agencies, 766 Non-governmental organizations, 81 international organizations, and about 10,000 experts and scientists from countries around the world.