Casearia gambiana (Salicaceae), a new tree species from Gambia, West Africa
In the synopsis of Casearia Jacq. in West and Central Africa (Breteler 2008) not a single collection of this genus of trees was recorded from Senegal and Gambia. It is therefore a great surprise that a recent collection of Casearia from Gambia proved to represent a new species. It is fully illustrated and named Casearia gambiana. Its conservation status is assessed as Critically Endangered according to the IUCN criteria.
Key wordsCritically endangered new endemic woody plant
H. de Vries is gratefully acknowledged for the detailed drawing of Casearia gambiana and J. J. Wieringa for preparing the distribution map. B. J. M. Breteler-Klein Breteler who prepared the electronic version of this manuscript was, as always, an indispensible help.
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