Harpalyce macrocarpa or “sangre de doncella” (maiden’s blood), is one of the Top 50 most threatened plants of Cuba.Enma Torres leads and interesting project to save this endangered species.
Project: Conservation of riparian forests in serpentines of Central Cuba.
Fotos: Ignacio Díaz, Enma Torres y Arnaldo Toledo.
San Felipe’s eldest inhabitants still recall when many years ago, just as Spring was starting, the savanna surrounding the village was as red as “maiden’s blood”. The flowers of Harpalyce macrocarpa were claiming the attention of pollinators and neighbors alike. Today, it is hard to believe that such a vibrant landscape, dominated by Harpalyce macrocarpa, has only three small trees left. But it is not too late to rescue this vast local legend. With just three remaining plants, we intend to bring it back.