Kew Bulletin

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 481–483 | Cite as

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

  • F. B. Vincent Florens
  • Claudia Baider
  • Jean Bosser


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 



We are grateful to the National Parks and Conservation Services for granting permission for research to be conducted in the Black River Gorges National Park. Part of the survey that led to the find was made possible with funding from the British Ecological Society through its Overseas Bursary Scheme of 2003. Two anonymous reviewers helped to improve the text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. B. Vincent Florens
    • 1
  • Claudia Baider
    • 2
  • Jean Bosser
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiosciencesUniversity of MauritiusRéduitMauritius
  2. 2.Mauritius HerbariumMSIRIRéduitMauritius
  3. 3.Départment de Systématique & EvolutionMNHNParisFrance

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