as just four individuals

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Huda, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. Huda Senior Member

    arabic-Egypt
    would anyone please help me understand the following underlined sentence? I can't understand how a tree exists as four individuals.

    Euphorbia tanaensis is a poorly-known, medium-sized succulent tree, and a member of the large (2000 species) diverse plant genus Euphorbia. The tree stands up to 30 meters tall, and the single trunk reaches up to approximately 50 cm in diameter; typical of the Euphorbia its flowers are reduced and clustered into flowerheads called cyanthia.
    This species is thought to exist as just four mature individuals in a single deciduous swamp forest in the small (42 square km) Witu Forest Reserve of coastal Kenya.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. stez

    stez Senior Member

    english - australia
    There are only four trees in existence. All the others have perished. The four trees of this species are all to be found in the one forest in Kenya.
     
  3. suzi br

    suzi br Senior Member

    Stoke on Trent
    England and English
    It is not "a" tree. It is a type of tree. There are four of this type left in the world.
     

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