An original campaign, the first of its kind in Cuba, is encouraging citizens to find new individuals of the Royal Oak, one of the 50 most threatened species of Cuba.
Proyecto: Rescue of the Royal Oak (Ekmanianthe longiflora)
“Wanted” is the word shown on hundreds of posters at stations, commercial places and parks in Cuba, like when hunting for a criminal. However, Ekmanianthe longiflora is just a tree; a king with no other wealth than a lengthy white flower (up to 20 cm), that opens for one night and then falls to the ground. Exclusive of Cuba and La Española, the Royal Oak was
common in the past in Central and Western Cuba, including Isla de la Juventud. Today, only four individuals are reported in Matanzas and one in Cienfuegos.