Kew Bulletin

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 83–88 | Cite as

Gymnosiphon samoritoureanus (Burmanniaceae) a new species from Guinea, with new records of other achlorophyllous heteromycotrophs

  • Martin CheekEmail author
  • Xander van der Burgt


Five species of achlorophyllous heteromycotrophs, better known as saprophytes, are here reported from Guinea for the first time, raising the national total to six. They include a new species, Gymnosiphon samoritoureanus Cheek, which is described and illustrated, and assessed as Vulnerable using IUCN (2001).

Key words

achlorophyllous heteromycotroph Auxopus Burmannia conservation Gymnosiphon Liberia Mt Nimba Sebaea Simandou Ziama 



Dr Barthelemy Tchiengue (IRAD — National Herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé), Martin Etuge (RECODEV, Tombel, S.W.P. Cameroon), Moussa Diabate (SERG), Pierre Haba, Pepe Haba, Fofana Fatoumata and Alphonse Traoré (Guinée-Ecologie) are thanked for their help in finding sites for saprophytes in the field, Mark Coode is thanked for translating the diagnosis into Latin, Penelope Doyle for typing, and two anonymous reviewers for valuable comments on an earlier version of the manuscript. Rio Tinto Guinea (SIMFER) supported the fieldwork leading to the discoveries here reported.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens, KewRichmondUK

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