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Newtonia camerunensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA FABALES LEGUMINOSAE

Scientific Name: Newtonia camerunensis
Species Authority: J.F. Villiers

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A1c ver 2.3
Year Published: 2000
Date Assessed: 2000-06-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Cheek, M. & Pollard, B.J.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Mauric, A. (Red List Programme Office)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: N. camerunensis is endemic to the Bamenda Highlands and the Bamboutos Mountains of Cameroon. Only five specimens are known. Both the earliest and latest collections were made from the Ijim area, below the Ijim ridge on the north side at Nchian and on the west side at Njinikom. Two collections were made near Bamendou in the Bamboutos Mountains. Despite plant collections in this area over several years, this tree has not been recorded recently. All collecting locations are in densely populated areas now. Indications are that this species is extremely rare, even within this small range.
Countries:
Possibly extinct:
Cameroon
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Recorded from montane forest with Albizia gummifera, Carapa grandiflora, Syzygium staudtii, and Prunus africana (1,600-1,800 m altitude).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is likely that this substantial tree is used as a timber and it may well have been over-exploited. This species may already be extinct.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Every effort should be made to rediscover and protect any trees that might be left of this species, if it is not already extinct. Forest destruction in the Bamboutos Mountains is as extensive, perhaps more so, than in the Bamenda Highlands.

Citation: Cheek, M. & Pollard, B.J. 2000. Newtonia camerunensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 July 2014.
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