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Begonia furfuracea

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA CUCURBITALES BEGONIACEAE

Scientific Name: Begonia furfuracea
Species Authority: Hook.f.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Cheek, M.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Pollock, C.M. (Red List Programme Office)
Justification:
This epiphytic species of Begonia sect. Tetraphila was recently revised by J.J.F.E. de Wilde (2002). He cites evidence that the subpopulation on Bioko may have been effected by cultivation of cocoa, coffee and bananas, for which most of the original vegetation below 700 m was cleared. Begonia furfuracea was first collected there by Mann in 1860, recollected many decades later by Mildbraed and then relatively recently (ca. 1960s) by Sanford and Carvalho.

The Cameroonian subpopulation first came to light in the 1970s at Kondo, 40 km northwest of Bamenda, an area where most forest has now been extirpated. The species probably now has its stronghold at Kupe-Bakossi. De Wilde cites three collections from that area (De Wilde 2002: 89). To these can be added a further five collections.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Equatorial Guinea: Bioko (4 coll., 2 sites); Cameroon: Bamenda, Kondo (1 coll.), Mt Kupe and the Bakossi Mts (8 coll.).
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea (Bioko)
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in evergreen forest, 1,000–1,300 m alt.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In the past mainly threatened by agricultural expansion. Assuming that proposed conservation plans in Bakossi are enacted this species seems secure there, its stronghold. Some habitat destruction occurs at its known sites, but levels are low.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Yearly monitoring of plants to assess population trends seems advisable. An attempt should be made to rediscover and assess the status of the Bioko subpopulation.

Citation: Cheek, M. 2004. Begonia furfuracea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 29 July 2014.
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