Extinction does not necessarily mean the end of a species of animal, it can also mean the end of a species of plant. Due to rapid deforestation, many plants in the Amazonian tropical rainforests are being exploited. As canopy trees are logged, plants dependent upon them for shade or support or moisture vanish. As a result, many plants like Terminalia acuminata, are extinct from the wild. These plants are only known to exist in captivity as a naturalized population outside its historic range. Some 338 species of plants are facing extinction in Brazil, according to a report compiled by IUCN - International Union of Conservation of Nature. Deforestation, especially in southeastern Atlantic Amazonian tropical rainforest is blamed for this phenomenon.