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Angraecum sanfordii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA ORCHIDALES ORCHIDACEAE

Scientific Name: Angraecum sanfordii
Species Authority: P.J.Cribb & B.J.Pollard

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Pollard, B.J. & Darbyshire, I.
Reviewer/s: Zapfack, L. & Cribb, P.J. (Orchid Red List Authority)
Justification:
First collected by W.W. Sanford above Buea on Mt Cameroon in 1968, this species was not formally described until 2002 (Cribb and Pollard 2002). It has since been collected at 1,100 m–2,000 m on Mt. Kupe at three different locations, two above Nyasoso and one on the summit of Kupe Rock.

The Buea site was at 800 m; clearance of forest for plantation agriculture and timber has been widespread at such altitudes in the vicinity of Buea since Sanford’s collection was made (M. Cheek, pers. comm.), thus this species may now be extinct on Mt Cameroon and so restricted to Mt Kupe.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Cameroon, SW Province: Mt Cameroon (1 coll.), Mt Kupe (3 sites).
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An epiphyte occuring in submontane and montane forest; 800–2,000 m alt.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): On Mt Kupe, much of the forest above 1,000 m is protected, thus disturbance is limited, though the site at 1,100 m above Nyasoso is threatened by encroachment of agriculture following the continued expansion of this town.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Efforts to rediscover the population on the eastern slopes of Mt Cameroon should be made. A survey of its population on Mt Kupe, particularly at lower elevations, would allow a better assessment of its status on the mountain, seemingly the stronghold of this species.
Citation: Pollard, B.J. & Darbyshire, I. 2004. Angraecum sanfordii. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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