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Begonia pseudoviola

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA CUCURBITALES BEGONIACEAE

Scientific Name: Begonia pseudoviola
Species Authority: Gilg

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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:
Owing to its relatively low altitudinal range, B. pseudoviola is extremely vulnerable to forest clearance. For the purposes of this assessment we rate this species as known from ten locations and with an area of occupancy of 12 km² (see also B. adpressa). The prognosis for habitat destruction for this taxon is high. This taxon might be better assessed under criterion A, but lack of data on the state of sites west of the Bamboutos Mts makes this difficult to apply.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Cameroon: S. Bamboutos Mts (6 coll.), Kupe-Bakossi (3 coll.), Mt Nlonako (3 coll.). The nine collections recorded by Sosef are immediately to the northeast (Nkongsamba-Mt Nlonako) or north (S and W Bamboutos Mts) of Kupe-Bakossi. Subsequent work at Ngomboku in 1999, recorded three sites for the species in a fairly small area east of the village, B. pseudoviola was previously unknown from Kupe-Bakossi.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Nigeria
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This beautiful species is easily recognized in its diminutive size and its purple-black leaf-blades which bear long, white, patent-curved hairs on their upper surfaces. Occurs in wet mid-elevation forest, 600–850 m alt.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threatened by forest clearance for wood and agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is a need to revisit the Ngomboku site to assess the population size and potential threats; active protection should be sought at this location.

Citation: Cheek, M. 2004. Begonia pseudoviola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 31 July 2014.
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