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Helichrysum biafranum

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA ASTERALES COMPOSITAE

Scientific Name: Helichrysum biafranum
Species Authority: Hook.f.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 2.3
Year Published: 2000
Date Assessed: 2000-06-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Cheek, M. & Cable, S.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been recorded from Mt. Cameroon. It is known from only two collections. The type specimen was collected in 1862" and is probably from somewhere in the vicinity of Mann’s Spring. The second collection was made in 1952 and is described as a "woody herb in second tongue of forest from Mann’s Spring". Recent inventories have not found this plant, but since searches are not known to have been conducted in this habitat during December, the species may have been overlooked.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Recorded from the edge of montane forest at 2,100-2,200 m altitude.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Current threats to the population are unknown, but the potential threat of lava flow over Mann’s Spring could destroy this species, if it is as localized as it appears to be.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: High priority should be given to finding this species, preferably searching in December, in the forest (grassland ecotone). An attempt to investigate the range and numbers of individuals of this species to discover whether it is really restricted to only Mann’s Spring is important for conservation planning. If the species does occur at this ecotone, it is hoped that its range extends to cover a larger part of the grassland-forest perimeter than just that near Mann’s Spring.

Citation: Cheek, M. & Cable, S. 2000. Helichrysum biafranum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 December 2014.
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