Toussaintia orientalis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Toussaintia orientalis
Species Authority: Verdc.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2006-03-02
Assessor(s): Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project
Reviewer(s): Beentje, H., Gereau, R., Kabuye, C., Kalema, J., Luke, Q., Lyaruu, H., Maunder, M., Mwachala, G., Ndangalasi, H., Njau, F. & Schatz, G. (East African Plants Red List Authority)
This species has an extent of occurrence of only about 540 km², is severely fragmented and there is continuing decline because of forest loss and deterioration. It has probably gone extinct in Kenya and may have been lost from places in Tanzania because of human activities.
1998 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known only from one location in Kenya (Mangea), now probably destroyed. In Tanzania, known from several localities along the coast and further inland. The Pugu subpopulation could be severely reduced.
Tanzania, United Republic of
Possibly extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: In Mangea was only known from one plant, but at some sites in Tanzania, it is abundant.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A straggling small tree or shrub found in dry evergreen lowland forest and also dry bushland.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): At Mangea most if not all of the forest has gone as a result of agricultural expansion, at Ifakara there is also intensive agriculture so that locality has probably also gone. Pugu Forest Reserve has also been badly impacted by human activities. Other forest reserves where it occurs are better protected.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Recorded from Saadani National Park (Zaraninge Forest), Banda and Kichi Hills Forest Reserves.

Citation: Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project 2009. Toussaintia orientalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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