From the isolated Socotra Islands off Yemen in the Arabian Sea to the dry forests of Argentina, Seijun Nishihata has traveled to 33 countries over the past 13 years to track down unique plant species for clients all over the world.

Calling himself a “plant hunter,” Nishihata, 34, has explored jungles, climbed mountains and scaled cliffs to find rare flowers and trees not usually distributed through existing markets in Japan.

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