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One in five plant species face extinction

One in five plant species face extinction --First ever comprehensive study of plants, from giant rainforests to common snowdrops, finds 22% of all species at risk 29 Sep 2010 One in five of the world's plant species -- the basis of all life on earth -- are at risk of extinction, according to a landmark study published today. The first ever comprehensive assessment of plants, from giant tropical rainforests to the rarest of delicate orchids, concludes the figure is at least 22%. It could well be higher because hundreds of species being discovered by scientists each year are likely to be in the "at risk" category.