Kew Bulletin

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 419–431

Two new species of Cunonia (Cunoniaceae) from New Caledonia

  • Yohan Pillon
  • Helen C. F. Hopkins
  • Jason C. Bradford

DOI: 10.1007/s12225-008-9045-7

Cite this article as:
Pillon, Y., Hopkins, H.C.F. & Bradford, J.C. Kew Bull (2008) 63: 419. doi:10.1007/s12225-008-9045-7


Descriptions, illustrations, distribution maps and conservation assessments are provided for two new species of Cunonia from New Caledonia. Cunonia dickisonii Pillon & H. C. Hopkins is endemic to montane ultramafic scrub at high elevation on Mts Humboldt and Kouakoué. Cunonia koghicola H. C. Hopkins, J. Bradford & Pillon is from wet forest at low to medium elevation in the region of Mt Koghi, and irregularities in leaf shape and venation suggest it may be of hybrid origin. Microendemism on Mt Humboldt and Mt Kouakoué is briefly discussed.

Key Words

Cunonia Cunoniaceae hybrid speciation microendemism New Caledonia ultramafic 

Copyright information

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yohan Pillon
    • 1
    • 2
  • Helen C. F. Hopkins
    • 3
  • Jason C. Bradford
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratoire de BotaniqueInstitut de Recherche pour le DéveloppementNouméaNew Caledonia
  2. 2.Laboratoire des Mécanismes Adaptatifs et Biomolécules des plantes endémiques à la Mélanésie (MABioM)Université de la Nouvelle-CalédonieNouméaNew Caledonia
  3. 3.HerbariumRoyal Botanic GardensSurreyUK
  4. 4.Renewable Energy Development InstituteWillitsUSA

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