BY ROBERTO PEDRAZA RUIZ – NOVEMBER 18, 2016
Deep in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Oriental, two new magnolias were waiting for a conservationist turned photographer and a botanist to find them
This story originally appeared in Maptia.
In Mexico’s rugged Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, new species from a variety of plant families have recently been discovered. Located in the northern third of the state of Querétaro, this section of the Sierra Madre Oriental has been particularly blessed with biological diversity by evolution. Its high peaks cause rain shadows and its latitude allows it to host both neo-arctic and neo-tropical flora and fauna.
I had the privilege of growing up in this region and, perhaps not surprisingly, developed a strong affinity for nature from an early age.
Roberto Pedraza Ruiz
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