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Cola lukei

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA MALVALES STERCULIACEAE

Scientific Name: Cola lukei
Species Authority: Cheek

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v)c(iv); C2a(ii)b ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Cheek, M.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Pollock, C.M. (Red List Programme Office)
Justification:
This newly described species is a much branched tree 6–10 m tall. C. lukei has been listed as Endangered due to the restricted range of this species and extreme fluctuations in the number of mature individuals. Growing local population pressure has increased the likelihood of increased and possibly unsustainable exploitation of C. lukei.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Only known from the eastern Usambara Mts at Kwamgumi Forest Reserve.
Countries:
Native:
Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A much branched tree of lowland forest, found at an elevation of around 350 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): C. lukei is under threat due to illegal logging and coppicing of this species for poles. The related species C. usambarensis is also used for making rope, tool/spoon handles and the bark and for treating at least five ailments, however, It is not clear which of these uses apply to C. lukei.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Known to occur within the Kwamgumi Forest Reserve. This species may also be present within the Segoma Forest Reserve.

Citation: Cheek, M. 2003. Cola lukei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 September 2014.
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