|Scientific Name:||Angraecum sanfordii|
|Species Authority:||P.J.Cribb & B.J.Pollard|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Endangered B2ab(iii) ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Pollard, B.J. & Darbyshire, I.|
|Reviewer(s):||Zapfack, L. & Cribb, P.J. (Orchid Red List Authority)|
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.
|Range Description:||Cameroon, SW Province: Mt Cameroon (1 coll.), Mt Kupe (3 sites).|
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|Habitat and Ecology:||An epiphyte occuring in submontane and montane forest; 800–2,000 m alt.|
|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:||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. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 May 2015.|
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