Kew Bulletin

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 481-483

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On the Mauritian origin of Badula ovalifolia (Myrsinaceae), hitherto believed extinct, with complementary description

  • F. B. Vincent FlorensAffiliated withDepartment of Biosciences, University of Mauritius Email author 
  • , Claudia BaiderAffiliated withMauritius Herbarium, MSIRI
  • , Jean BosserAffiliated withDépartment de Systématique & Evolution, MNHN

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The origin of Badula ovalifolia A. DC. (Myrsinaceae) is discussed and, on the evidence of recently collected specimens, we conclude that it is endemic to Mauritius and not to Reunion as previously recorded. The first description of the whole tree, fruit and seed and habitat and ecology are given. Conservation status is assessed using the IUCN Red List Criteria with suggestions for a species recovery programme.


Badula conservation Mascarenes Mauritius Myrsinaceae Reunion