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A new species of Carapa (Meliaceae) from Central Guyana

  • Pierre-Michel ForgetEmail author
  • Odile Poncy
  • Raquel S. Thomas
  • David S. Hammond
  • David Kenfack


Carapa akuri, a new species endemic to central Guyana, is described and illustrated. It is compared to the two other species (C. guianensis and C. surinamensis) occurring in the Guianas.

Key Words

Carapa crabwood Guyana Meliaceae non-timber forest product 



We are thankful to the Guyana Forestry Commission, Georgetown, which granted permission for field expeditions to Mabura and Pibiri forests. Pierre-Michel Forget was granted by Plan Pluri-Formation “Ecologie fonctionnelle et développement durable” at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and by UMR 7179 CNRS-MNHN. We thank Janet Forte and Sharon Ousman from the Iwokrama International Center for their invitation to participate in the Workshop in Guyana, and for facilitating PMF’s first trip to Iwokrama forest in November 2002. We thank Harry Benedict who assisted our climbing for the voucher collections, and Waldyke Prince for his help at the Iwokrama Field Station. We are also indebted to Doorjohan Gopaul for his help while visiting the National Herbarium and Centre for the Study of Biological Diversity at University of Guyana, Georgetown. We thank the curators of the following herbaria for allowing access to their collections: BRG, CAY, GU, P, and US. Thanks to Douglas Daly and Scott Mori for comments and help at various stage of the review process. We are also indebted to Patrice Mutchnick, Vicki Funk, and Sara Alexander for valuable information about locality data from vouchers at US. Finally, we are thankful to Jewel Liddell at The University of Guyana National Herbarium for help with the export procedure, and to Dr. Indarjit Ramdass at the Environmental Protection Agency of Guyana for giving us permissions to conduct biodiversity research on “Diversity of Crabvwood species in South America” (EPA permission No. 211105 BR042) and to export vouchers (EPA permission No. 011205 SP: 008) to France, and to Dominique. Storez who prepared Fig. 1.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre-Michel Forget
    • 1
    Email author
  • Odile Poncy
    • 2
  • Raquel S. Thomas
    • 3
  • David S. Hammond
    • 4
  • David Kenfack
    • 5
  1. 1.Département Ecologie et Gestion de la Biodiversité, UMR 7079, Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleBrunoyFrance
  2. 2.Département Systématique et Evolution, USM 602, Herbier Plantes VasculairesMuséum National d’Histoire NaturelleParis-cedexFrance
  3. 3.Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and DevelopmentGeorgetownGuyana
  4. 4.NWFS ConsultantsPortlandUSA
  5. 5.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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