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Berlinia korupensis

This rare rainforest giant was recently discovered in Cameroon.
Berlinia korupensis

Berlinia korupensis has large and beautiful flowers.

Species information

Scientific name: 

Berlinia korupensis

Common name: 

None known.

Conservation status: 

Rated as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.

Habitat: 

Lowland primary rainforest, on well-drained sandy soil, at about 100 m above sea level. Found growing in an area with an annual rainfall of 5,030 mm.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Fabales
Family: 
Leguminosae/Fabaceae - Caesalpinioideae
Genus: Berlinia

About this species

Berlinia korupensis is a giant rainforest tree that is known only from one locality. The ripe pods of this plant explode dramatically, dispersing the seeds. The flowers and fruits of this plant can only be collected by climbing into the tree with the use of mountain climbing equipment. This species was named after the Korup National Park where it was found, to emphasize the importance of this park for the conservation of biodiversity. It was identified as new by Kew's Barbara Mackinder with the help of photos and herbarium specimens.

Genus: 
Berlinia

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