Kew Bulletin

, 73:46 | Cite as

Casearia gambiana (Salicaceae), a new tree species from Gambia, West Africa

  • F. J. BretelerEmail author


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 words

Critically 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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Formerly Herbarium Vadense, now Grintweg 303, NL 6704 ARWageningenThe Netherlands

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