Officially the Fleischmann’s parsnip(Pastinaca sativa L. var. fleischmanni (Hladnik) Burnat) is classified by the Red list as extinct. However, a little population of this plant is actually growing in the Ljubljana botanical garden. Under their careful management, it is regarded as the most valuable treasure. If a species is no longer found in nature, it becomes ‘officially’ extinct, which is a fact but at the same time, it can be a false fact.
In this case, there are double truths shaped by information with double interpretations. The case study of Fleischmann’s parsnip shows the way classifications can shift from reality to fiction. By using the narrative of the double facts, this project aims to raise the awareness of endemic plants to the public.
Ljubljana, SI, 2019
Developed during Designathon #1, BIO 26 with the great help of Blanka Ravnjak, Jože Bavcon from the Ljubljana Botanical Garden
Minji Choi, Virginia Lui, Emilio Sordi, Marco Luigi Talpo, Inês Achando
Photo by Janez Klenovšek
© Minji Choi 2020