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Falcatifolium papuanum

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA PINOPSIDA PINALES PODOCARPACEAE

Scientific Name: Falcatifolium papuanum
Species Authority: de Laub.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-09-29
Assessor(s): Farjon, A.
Reviewer(s): Thomas, P.
Justification:
Falcatifolium papuanum's extent of occurrence is well beyond the thresholds for a threatened category. The area of occupancy estimated here (1,000 km2) is very provisional, because more locality points are likely to be found if a serious survey were carried out for this species. Despite logging it is still common in the Morobe District, but it is probably rare in other areas. The species is to an extent Data Deficient, but given its wide distribution and presence in remote areas it is assessed here as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Endemic to Papua New Guinea. Most herbarium collections were made in the Morobe District in eastern P.N.G. where this species is common; it occurs more scattered elsewhere and is not yet known from western New Guinea (Papua (Irian Jaya), Indonesia). A record for the Vogelkop Peninsula given on a map in Flora Malesiana by de Laubenfels (1988) is now considered to be a different species: Falcatifolium sleumeri.

Countries:
Native:
Papua New Guinea
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Population [top]

Population: Population size and trends are unknown factors. It is particularly difficult to establish if there was or is a past or continuing decline as it occurs scattered in a very large area. Where it is common, in the Morobe District, some decline may have occurred.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is locally common in montane rainforest (1,300 to 2,300 m asl) dominated by Fagaceae (Nothofagus, Lithocarpus), Myrtaceae, Cunoniaceae, and Podocarpaceae. On mountain ridges it can reach the canopy, but in taller forest on moist slopes it is usually a sub-canopy tree, not exceeding 15 m in height. On exposed mountain summits this species is sometimes reduced to dwarf size.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The wood of this species provides good timber and is being logged together with  species of  Dacrycarpus, Dacrydium and Phyllocladus, between which the timber trade makes no distinction. Its relative rarity and usually small size make it unlikely that it will contribute substantially to that trade. Aside from a few specimens in greenhouses of botanical gardens this species is not in cultivation.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Despite logging in areas within the distribution of this species which must have included it (no distinction is being made and timber logs once deprived from foliage can only be assigned to 'podocarp' with confidence), it is thought to grow in enough remote and untouched forest localities to be as yet out of risk of extinction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Near Bulolo-Wau in the Morobe District part of a subpopulation occurs within McAdam National Park; in most of P.N.G. this species is not known to be present in a protected area.

Citation: Farjon, A. 2013. Falcatifolium papuanum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
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