Remember what happened to the dodo?

by Steve Rose in Wickmere, England, United Kingdom

Remember what happened to the dodo?

Total raised £150

raised so far



We’re raising funds to purchase equipment to preserve a plant from extinction and maintain its growth for future generations

by Steve Rose in Wickmere, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 10th November 2020 we'd raised £150 with 5 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Recently Iris Basaltica, a virtually extinct iris, has been found in the Akkar region of Lebanon. Sadly, whilst the populations of Iris Basaltica in Lebanon are healthy they are now under threat by urbanisation and the uprooting of wild flowers from the ground for commercial use as they are growing on private land.

Conservation measures should be taken promptly to preserve them for the community, for iris lovers and the planet.  To many birds, plants and animals are becoming rare or extinct so it’s our generation who can change this. 

I am Steve Rose from England, an iris lover who is keen to save this iris from extinction. It’s just a small gesture to make, but I feel preserving anything from destruction, in such a brutally modern and fast paced world is worthy.  

I recently met Ali Taleb, a Lebanese agricultural engineering student, environmental activist and an expert in Lebanese wildflowers. He’s passionate about saving endangered wild flowers.


Our joint goal is to increase the number of Iris Basaltica and protect them from extinction by initially working on growing them in the laboratory from seed. Ali is currently carrying out scientific research about cultivating the species in order to multiply and protect them for the future.

Unfortunately due to the economc crisis in Lebanon, Ali is unable to raise funds locally to support this project, hence I have become involved as Ali and I share a passion for all things floral.

For this project to succeed the following equipment is required;

Laminar Air Flow System, Autoclave Steriliser, PH Meter, Magnetic Stirrer, Microscope, Laboratory Scales, Medium Culture to grow seedlings and other assorted laboratory materials, plus shipping costs, import duty etc. 

A total of £3000 is required to purchase these items. As yet, it is impossible to calculate shipping and import duty costs. If you are able, and willing, then any contribution would be most appreciated. I would really be grateful for any offer of assistance you can make. All money raised will go directly to saving this iris for future generations. 


This project offered rewards

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Fancy growing some Iris Basaltica yourself? Pledge £100 and receive 10 seeds. Ali will forward the seeds and clear instructions on how to cultivate them directly from Lebanon.

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