Podocarpus micropedunculatus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Pinopsida Pinales Podocarpaceae

Scientific Name: Podocarpus micropedunculatus
Species Authority: de Laub.
Taxonomic Source(s): Farjon, A. 2010. A Handbook of the World's Conifers. Koninklijke Brill, Leiden.
Taxonomic Notes: This species, first described and named by David J. de Laubenfels in 1985, was based on his collections from the Marudi Forest Reserve in Sarawak.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-06-19
Assessor(s): Thomas, P.
Reviewer(s): Farjon, A.
Podocarpus micropedunculatus is a relatively poorly known species that appears to have a limited distribution at relatively low altitudes in forest types that have been targeted for logging and conversion to other uses such as palm oil plantations. A decline is suspected but it is uncertain if it is sufficient to be within the thresholds for a threatened listing. In this assessment a precautionary approach is taken and the category Near Threatened allocated on the basis that it almost qualifies for listing in a threatened category under criterion A2ac. Additional information about distribution and trends is required before a definitive assessment can be made.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2007 Data Deficient (DD)
1998 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from Brunei; and Malaysia: Sabah, Sarawak. The main distribution appears to be centred on Brunei with one outlying locality in southeastern Sabah (Tawau Hills). With this outlier included, the extent of occurrence is more than 20,000 km2. However, the area of occupancy, based on known herbarium specimens is less than 300 km2. It may also occur in adjoining areas of Kalimantan although no herbarium records have been identified.
Countries occurrence:
Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia; Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak)
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 300
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1
Upper elevation limit (metres): 500
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Population [top]

Population: The population sizes in the localities from where this species has been collected are unknown. Some decline is likely to have taken place, particularly at lower altitudes where forest conversion for oil plantations has occurred. The overall population trend is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Mainly recorded as a small tree or shrub in the understory of lowland Agathis forests. Other associated species include Dryobalanops rappa and Shorea albida. It has also been recorded from forest margins. This species may reproduce from rhizomes - an unusual feature for a conifer. This character may promote its survival following logging or other disturbances. Its fire resistance is unknown.
Systems: Terrestrial
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Yes
Generation Length (years): 10

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: No uses have been recorded for this species and it is not known in cultivation.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Within much of its range, logging and conversion of forests for alternative uses such as oil palm plantations are likely to have had some impact. The extent of this impact is unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species was originally decribed from the Marudi Forest Reserve. It is also recorded from Kimanis and Mandahan Forest Reserves on the South China Sea coast of Sabah.

Citation: Thomas, P. 2013. Podocarpus micropedunculatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T34089A2844832. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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