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Momordica enneaphylla

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA CUCURBITALES CUCURBITACEAE

Scientific Name: Momordica enneaphylla
Species Authority: Cogn.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Darbyshire, I.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Pollock, C.M. (Red List Programme Office)
Justification:
This little known liana was first collected in Gabon, being described in 1888. Collections from the Democratic Republic of Congo are all from the central Congo Basin. In Cameroon, the discovery of two sites in the Kupe-Bakossi area, on Mt Kupe above Kupe Village and at Ngomboku in the Bakossi Mts, extends this species’ range northwestwards. On Mt Kupe, this species is recorded in forest down to 900 m , which is below the lower limit of effective protection on this mountain, thus this subpopulation is threatened by forest clearance.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Cameroon, SW Province: Kupe-Bakossi (3 coll., 2 sites), Central Province: 20 km NW of Eséka (1 coll.), S Province: Bipinde (1 coll.); Gabon (1 coll.); Congo (Kinshasa), Forestier Central: Yangambi (3 coll.), Watsi, Boende (1 coll.), Yabwesa, Isangi (1 coll.).
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Gabon
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in primary forest, including riverine and swamp forest; occasionally in secondary forest growth; 450–1,070 m alt.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): On Mt Kupe, this species is recorded in forest down to 900 m, which is below the lower limit of effective protection on this mountain, thus this population is threatened by forest clearance.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Further investigation of the Etuge collection at Nyandong, Bakossi may reveal a new site for this taxon. If the low levels of forest clearance continue in Gabon and Congo (Kinshasa) continue, this taxon should remain extant there, though its rediscovery in these two countries is advisable in light of the age of the known collections.

Citation: Darbyshire, I. 2004. Momordica enneaphylla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 September 2014.
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