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Sclerochiton preussii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA SCROPHULARIALES ACANTHACEAE

Scientific Name: Sclerochiton preussii
Species Authority: (Lindau) C.B.Clarke

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Darbyshire, I.
Reviewer/s: Hilton-Taylor, C. & Pollock, C.M. (Red List Programme Office)
Justification:
First collected "near Buea" in Nov. 1891, rediscovered on Mt Cameroon 101 years later in the saddle of Mt Etinde-Mt Cameroon. Found in the 1960s at Obudu, Nigeria. The Mt Kupe collections from the 1990s, from above Kupe Village and Nyasoso, represent a significant expansion in the area of occupancy, but it has not been recorded from elsewhere in Bakossi.
History:
2000 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been collected on the Obudu Plateau, Nigeria (one collection); and from Mt. Cameroon (two collections) and Mt Kupe (three collections), Cameroon.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Nigeria
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An understorey shrub of closed canopy submontane and montane forest, 1,100–1,400 m alt.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Current threats to the species on Mt Cameroon are unknown. Stems are cut for trap "springing sticks" on Mt Kupe (M. Cheek, pers. obs.); this is likely to have an impact upon the population of mature individuals at the two Kupe sites.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More data are needed on the range and population size of this species. An evaluation of the extent of the threat posed by exploitation for trapping is also recommended, and local trappers should be encouraged to use alternative, more common taxa.
Citation: Darbyshire, I. 2004. Sclerochiton preussii. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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