Lophira alata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Theales Ochnaceae

Scientific Name: Lophira alata Banks ex Gaertn.
Common Name(s):
English Azobe
French Azobé

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A1cd ver 2.3
Year Published: 1998
Date Assessed: 1998-01-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): African Regional Workshop (Conservation & Sustainable Management of Trees, Zimbabwe, July 1996)
Listed on the basis of large scale destruction of wet evergreen forest throughout its range, over-exploitation as a timber, slow rates of growth and poor regeneration levels in less than optimum conditions.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Ghana; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:In Cameroon it is common, widespread and regenerates easily in many areas and does not appear threatened, however, this is evidently not the case in other parts of its range.
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Azobé is a pioneer species and occurs abundantly in wet evergreen forest.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Wet evergreen forest continues to experience large-scale destruction. Slow growth rate, poor regeneration in less than optimum conditions and over exploitation as a timber species are contributing to the decline in population numbers through most of its range. Its timber, Azobe, rich in silica, is resistant to marine borer and favoured for use in jetties.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Improved protection and management (e.g., felling regimes) of existing forest reserves is required.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.6. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
1. Land/water protection -> 1.1. Site/area protection
2. Land/water management -> 2.1. Site/area management
3. Species management -> 3.1. Species management -> 3.1.1. Harvest management

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.3. Logging & wood harvesting -> 5.3.5. Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

Bibliography [top]

Breteler, F.J. 1997. Letter to Charlotte Jenkins containing annotations to the draft species summaries for Gabonese trees.

Hawthorne, W. 1995. Categories of conservation priority and Ghanaian tree species (unpublished).

Hecketsweiler, P.H. 1990. Incomplete list of the commercially exploited timber species of Congo (Brazzaville).

Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. and Hepper, F.N. 1927. Flora of West Tropical Africa. Published by the English Ministry of State for the Colonies.

Okullo, J.B. et al. 1997. Completed data collection forms for woody plants of Uganda.

Oldfield, S., Lusty, C. and MacKinven, A. (compilers). 1998. The World List of Threatened Trees. World Conservation Press, Cambridge, UK.

Songwe, C. 1990. Revised preliminary list of timbers of Cameroon with conservation categories.

Citation: African Regional Workshop (Conservation & Sustainable Management of Trees, Zimbabwe, July 1996). 1998. Lophira alata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1998: e.T33056A9745747. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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