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Anthocleista microphylla

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA GENTIANALES LOGANIACEAE

Scientific Name: Anthocleista microphylla
Species Authority: Wernham

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A3c: 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 strangling shrub of lower submontane forest has its stronghold in São Tomé with four locations and many more collections, the most recent in 1993. Elsewhere it is very rare, and is known from a total of only 10 locations. Loss of its habitat of over 30% in the next 50 years is predicted based on current rates of forest clearance for agriculture and wood. Limited habitat disturbance appears beneficial for A. microphylla; several collections occur in areas of regenerating (secondary) forest.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ghana (Atewa Hills, 1 coll.); SE Nigeria (2 coll.); Bioko (2 coll.); Principe (1 coll.); São Tomé (7 coll. at 4 sites); Cameroon: Kupe-Bakossi (6 coll. at 2 sites).
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea (Bioko); Ghana; Nigeria; Sao Tomé and Principe (Principe, Sâo Tomé)
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in disturbed submontane forest, 800–1,200 m alt
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Forest clearance for agriculture and wood; it may already have been lost from both Nigerian sites (Oban and Obudu) since significant forest loss has occurred there in recent decades. Although it is fairly common at Kupe village, it occurs there at such low altitudes (ca. 800 m) that it is vulnerable to agricultural expansion.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More data are needed on the survival of this species at its various sites and the extent to which it is already protected. São Tomé should be the priority for a survey.

Citation: Cheek, M. 2004. Anthocleista microphylla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 October 2014.
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