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, 64:495 | Cite as

Allophylus conraui (Sapindaceae) reassessed and Allophylus ujori described from Cameroon Highlands of West Africa

  • Martin Cheek
  • Martin Etuge
Article

Summary

Allophylus conraui Gilg ex Radlk. as treated in the Flora of West Tropical Africa is reassessed and shown to comprise two distinct taxa, one of which, a spiny shrub or small tree of upper submontane forest in Cameroon and Nigeria, is described as Allophylus ujori Cheek. The second taxon, a lowland to lower submontane spineless small shrub, of Cameroon is redescribed as Allophylus conraui and neotypified. The affinities and conservation status of both these threatened species are discussed. Both taxa are illustrated.

Key Words

Africa Allophylus Cameroon conservation forest new species Nigeria Sapindaceae 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The second author’s contribution to this paper was made possible by a visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew sponsored by the Bentham-Moxon Trust of RBG, Kew. This paper was completed as part of the Red Data Plants, Cameroon project, supported by the Darwin Initiative of the British Government. Penelope Doyle helped type the manuscript and Mark Coode translated the Latin. Hazel Chapman is thanked for habitat data on the Mambilla Plateau, David Harris at E volunteered specimen details of Allophylus from Central African Republic, and the staff of WAG are thanked for loaning Reitsma 2996. The authors thank Dr Jean Michel Onana of IRAD-National Herbarium of Cameroon for expediting field work in Cameroon, and two anonymous reviewers for valuable comments on an earlier version of this paper. Some of the specimens cited were collected with support from Earthwatch.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, KewRichmondU.K
  2. 2.RECODEVS.W. ProvinceCameroon

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