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1 October 2011 Phylogenetically Distinct and Critically Endangered New Tree Species of Phyllanthus from Cameroon (Phyllanthaceae, Euphorbiaceae s. l.)
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Phyllanthus kidna , the only tree species of Phyllanthus from Cameroon, is described and analysed. Its combination of bilocular berries and two connate stamens indicate no clear affiliation with any known species or infrageneric group within Phyllanthus. Molecular phylogenetic analyses place it as sister to the Indian and East African species Phyllanthus pinnatus and it is also closely related to the New World species of P. acidus and P. chacoensis. Only five individuals are currently known and the species is assessed as critically endangered. The proposed Mefou National Park near Yaounde could save this species from extinction.

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Gill Challen, Maria S. Vorontsova, Harald Schneider, and Martin Cheek "Phylogenetically Distinct and Critically Endangered New Tree Species of Phyllanthus from Cameroon (Phyllanthaceae, Euphorbiaceae s. l.)," Systematic Botany 36(4), 933-938, (1 October 2011). https://doi.org/10.1600/036364411X604949
Published: 1 October 2011
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