, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 481-483
Date: 20 Dec 2008

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

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Summary

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.