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New Taipei City promotes restoration of endemic lily

TAIPEI -- New Taipei will expand its efforts to restore the Formosa lily to its once flourishing status on mountains in northern Taiwan, the director of the city's Agriculture Department said. A total of 10,000 seedlings of the Formosa lily, a lily species endemic to Taiwan, will be planted in public parks, along major hiking trails on mountains in the northern district of Jinshan, and on unused plots of land in the city, Liao Jung-ching said.

The ultimate goal of the project, Liao said, is for people to be able to see mountains along Taiwan's northern coast draped with blossoms of the trumpet-shape native lilies, a scene that has not existed for 300 years.

Describing the northern coast as the place where Formosa lilies originated, Liao said that rampant plucking of the flowers in the wild by humans almost led the species to become extinct in the area.

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