Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Cucurbitales Begoniaceae

Scientific Name: Begonia schaeferi
Species Authority: Engl.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Cheek, M.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Pollock, C.M. (Red List Programme Office)
First collected in November 1900 at Bare, Muanenguba, by Schaeffer and described in 1921, the species has not been seen since in the Kupe-Bakossi area and may be extinct there. Personal observations of B. schaefferi in the Bamenda Highlands show that this species is demanding in its habitat requirements and likely to occur at extremely few sites within a given area (Cheek et al. 2000).

The assessment of this species as VU D2 in Cheek et al. (2000) is maintained here as no new data are available on the taxon.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2000 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is known from collections made from Obudu Plateau in Nigeria, and Manenguba, Mt Nlonako, Bamboutos Mts, Bamenda Highlands, and the Kongoa Mountains, Cameroon.
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Nigeria
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found on rocks and vertical rock faces, in moist to comparatively dry places, in primary submontane to montane forest, the latter sometimes with trees not higher than 6–12 m (1,500–2,300 m altitude).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): While cliff faces generally are unlikely to be disturbed, clearance of adjoining forest for fuel and agriculture could endanger this species by removing the shade necessary for its survival.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is recommended that during surveys of cliff spaces in forest in the Kilum-Ijim area, this species should be looked out for, and, if located, the number of plants and localities recorded.

Citation: Cheek, M. 2004. Begonia schaeferi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T39728A10260772. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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