Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have discovered a new species of wild ginger in the mountainous regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This new plant’s scientific name (Aframomum ngamikkense) was inspired by the four main peaks in the area it was found – Ngandja, Misotshi, Kabili and Kabobo. It grows in the heart of the forests, some 1500 to 2000 metres above sea level.
It’s not known whether this particular wild ginger can be used in recipes, but its discovery forms part of a massive collection of discoveries in the Kabobo Massif. To date scientists have discovered 558 terrestrial vertebrates and 1410 new plant species.
Thanks to these discoveries, the Kabobo Natural Reserve was approved, which is an important step towards protecting this amazing place. The scientists are currently hoping to be upgraded to National Reserve status, which will give it an even stronger legal and protective status.