Restored chilbo metanarthecium following angraecum, an endangered species!
◇ ith additional natural grow 1,300 foundation seed of angraecum secured in Hallyeohaesang, 500 chilbo metanarthecium are restored in a habitat in an uninhabited island within the Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park
□ Korea National Park Service (President: Park Bo-hwan) reported that it has recently restored two endangered species: 1,300 angraecum, class Ⅰ wild plant, and 500 chilbo metanarthecium, class Ⅱ wild plant, in an uninhabited island within Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park.
○ Korea National Park Service restored 500 angraecums all over an island in Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park in June 2015.
○ The Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park Office observed 380 angraecums except for 120 of those on the top of the cliffs and found out that 72% of those are still alive.
□ In addition to the 500 angraecums restored last year, the Hallyeohaesang National Park Office restored 1,300 foundation seed of angraecums in the same habihat this time.
○ Owing to the stabilization of the angraecum habitat, it lets the foundation seed of chilbo metanarthecium which it has secured around Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park in 2012 multiply to 6,000 and restored 500 of which this time.
○ About 4,442 wildlife plants and animals inhabit in Hallyeohaesang National Park and the uninhabited island where angraecums are restored is a place well preserved with primitive ecosystem.
○ Chilbo metanarthecium is expected to settle down successfully as it is restored in environmental conditions close to the original habitat.
□ Also, Korea National Park Service replanted 100 angraecums in places such as natural trails within Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park, botanical garden for endangered plants, and the national park premium towns where visitors can easily see them.
□ Angraecum is a family of orchid and a perennial herb; it is an air plant growing mainly attached to evergreen forest trees and rocks. It inhabits in the southern coastal areas and Jeju Island and is sharply reduced due to indiscriminate overexploitation.
○ Chilbo metanarthecium is a family of liliaceae and is a perennial herb; it is named after Chilbo Mountain in Suwon, the first place it was found, thought it cannot be seen there anymore. It is a very rare plant that can only be seen in Busan and some parts of Kyeongnam currently.
○ Choi Jong-gwan, director of national resources preservation office of Korea National Park Service, said "it is a very meaningful project to restore plant species, an essential component for national ecosystem, in national parks." He added "We are going to enhance the health of the ecosystem of national parks through scientific research, preservation, and restoration, preserve the diversity of plant species and help secure life sovereignty of the country."