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Strychnos staudtii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA GENTIANALES LOGANIACEAE

Scientific Name: Strychnos staudtii
Species Authority: Gilg

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2c 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:
Although the most commonly collected and widespread Strychnos in Kupe-Bakossi, it is vulnerable there to forest clearance because its low altitudinal range puts several of its locations outside of protected areas. It is also very heavily threatened in the lowlands around Mt Cameroon (Cable and Cheek 1998), as it is in the Kumba area. Although threats in the Gabon area are unknown, even assuming it is secure here, an overall loss of habitat for S. staudtii of over 30% in the next 100 years can be confidently predicted.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Mt Cameroon (7 coll. at 3 sites), Kumba area (3 coll.), Kupe-Bakossi (21 coll. at 8 sites); Gabon (2 coll. at 2 sites).
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Gabon
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in evergreen forest; 200–1,200 m alt.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threatened by clearance of lowland forest for commercial plantation expansion (Mt Cameroon area) and small-holder agriculture (elsewhere). Threats in Gabon are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Strychnos staudtii is fairly secure at Mt Kupe on the lower slopes; such is the density of individuals there that currently no action is needed to ensure its survival.

Citation: Cheek, M. 2004. Strychnos staudtii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
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