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Bulbophyllum kupense

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA ORCHIDALES ORCHIDACEAE

Scientific Name: Bulbophyllum kupense
Species Authority: P.J.Cribb & B.J.Pollard

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(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:
B. kupense is known only from an individual epiphyte on one 5 m tall mango tree, in a private garden, where one individual plant of this taxon continues to grow. The type is a small portion of that individual. It is highly probable that this species also occurs in the Mt Kupe forest, beginning only 100 m away from the type locality. Based on this assumption, it is inferred that there is continuing decline in both the quality and the extent of the habitat due to clearance of trees for firewood and small-scale agriculture.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Cameroon: Mt Kupe (1 coll.).
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Phorophyte: Mangifera indica (cultivated) at 830 m alt.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Loss of the only known location due, for example, to the cutting down of the host tree or due to disturbance during harvesting of the mangos is possible. If this taxon also occurs in the surrounding forest above Nyasoso, it is threatened by the continuing decline in habitat area and quality due to clearance of trees for firewood and small-scale agriculture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: A certain measure of protection has been afforded this species, as this garden area has been fenced off to demarcate the garden’s boundary (Pollard, pers. obs., 2002). A portion of the individual plant was removed from the garden and is now growing as part of the living orchid collection at the CRES headquarters in Nyasoso. A propagation plan is currently being developed by the authors, in collaboration with Martin Etuge, manager of the CRES project garden.

Citation: Pollard, B.J. & Darbyshire, I. 2004. Bulbophyllum kupense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 October 2014.
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