Kew Bulletin

, Volume 68, Issue 4, pp 591–597 | Cite as

Two new species of Afrothismia (Thismiaceae) from southern Cameroon

  • Moses N. Sainge
  • David Kenfack
  • George B. Chuyong

Summary. Two new species of Afrothismia are described within the framework of an intended revision of the genus in Cameroon, A. fungiformis from the submontane forest of Mt Kupe and A. pusilla from Mt Kala. The new species are illustrated and the conservation status for both is assessed as Critically Endangered.


Burmanniaceae Mt Kala Mt Kupe myco-heterotrophic plants 



This study was financially supported by the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund 2010 (Grant 10251742). Field equipment was provided by IDEAL WILD. Travel expenses for the first author to study specimens at the Missouri Botanical Garden were covered by the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS). The authors are grateful to the Curators of YA, SCA and MO for allowing access to their collections. Special thanks to Dr David Bolger for his logistic support at MO, to the people of Mbulle and Kala villages especially the guides Rei Atabe Epie and Victor Nana for their help during fieldwork and finally, to Alice Tangerini of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for the wonderful illustration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Moses N. Sainge
    • 1
  • David Kenfack
    • 2
  • George B. Chuyong
    • 3
  1. 1.Tropical Plant Exploration Group (TroPEG) CameroonNdian DivisionSouthwest Region, Cameroon
  2. 2.Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO), Smithsonian Tropical Research InstituteBotany Department, NMNH - MRC 166, Smithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Botany and Plant PhysiologyUniversity of BueaBueaSouthwest Cameroon

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