Vitellaria paradoxa


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Vitellaria paradoxa
Species Authority: C.F.Gaertn.
Common Name(s):
English Shea Butter Tree

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A1cd ver 2.3
Year Published: 1998
Date Assessed: 1998-01-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Makerere University Institute of Environment and Natural Resources
1997 Vulnerable (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Nigeria; Senegal; South Sudan; Sudan; Uganda
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Restricted to dry savannah and woodland.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species has been overexploited for timber, firewood and charcoal production. Its habitat is also suffering from agricultural encroachment and increasing population pressure.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is poorly represented in protected areas but is occasionally given protection or planted in farmed areas.

Citation: Makerere University Institute of Environment and Natural Resources 1998. Vitellaria paradoxa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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