|Scientific Name:||Encephalartos kanga Pócs & Q.Luke|
Encephalartos sp. ssp. 'kanga'
|Taxonomic Notes:||This species is closely related to Encephalartos kisambo Faden & Beentje, but is sufficiently different to warrant recognition as a distinct species (Pócs and Luke 2007).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Critically Endangered B2ab(iii,v); C2a(i) ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project|
|Reviewer(s):||Beentje, H., Gereau, R., Kabuye, C., Kalema, J., Luke, Q., Lyaruu, H., Maunder, M., Mwachala, G., Ndangalasi, H., Njau, F. & Schatz, G. (East African Plants Red List Authority) and Donaldson, J.S. & Bösenberg, J.D.(Cycad Red List Authority)|
Encephalartos kanga is a rare species with a highly restricted range (area of occupancy is less than 10 km²) and very small population (less than 50 mature individuals). Access to the area is difficult hence there is no threat of deforestation at present, although part of the southern slope was severely burnt a few years ago. Further fires could result in continuing decline in quality and extant of the habitat. The most serious threat though is its horticultural value and there have been reports of foreign collectors visiting the area on at least two occasions and removing 100-200 seedlings each time (Pócs and Luke 2007). Hence the species is listed as Critically Endangered.
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|Range Description:||Known only from Mount Kanga, an isolated hill of the Nguru Mountains, in the Mvomero district, Morogoro province of Tanzania. Occurs on the southern ridge and south eastern slopes of Mt. Kanga above Kibwende settlement. Occurs at 1,000 to 1.300 m.|
Native:Tanzania, United Republic of
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|Population:||Occurs in a few very small and scattered subpopulations, with less than 50 mature individuals in total.|
|Current Population Trend:||Stable|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species grows on very steep granitic southern rock faces. The habitat is sub-montane dry evergreen and mesic evergreen forest and Xerophyta - Erica heath on steep slopes of Precambrian crystalline (mostly gneissic) bedrock with shallow soil. The vegetation type of this area is Eastern Arc Montane Forests.|
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||Yes|
|Generation Length (years):||70|
|Use and Trade:||This species, like all cycads, is highly sought after by the horticultural trade. As it is a relatively new species, demand for it will be high. Seedlings have already been removed from the population by foreign collectors on at least two occasions.|
|Major Threat(s):||Illegal collection of seedlings poses the main threat. Further fires could also impact the habitat and thus the population, although fire does not appear to affect the regeneration of the species. The mountain is considered to be sacred by the local people, and given the remoteness of the area, deforestation is not a problem at present.|
Occurs in the Kanga Forest Reserve.
Although listed in CITES Appendix I, a concerted effort is needed to give this species strong protection.
IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.3). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 2 September 2010).
Pócs, T. and Luke, Q. 2007. A new species of Encephalartos (Zamiaceae) from Tanzania. Journal of East African Natural History 96(2): 193-201.
|Citation:||Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project. 2010. Encephalartos kanga. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T41948A10608996.Downloaded on 23 January 2018.|