Jean-Claude Mouandza Mbembo of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Gabon, holding a fruit of Berlinia razzifera collected during a fieldtrip to Gabon in 2005.
Berlinia razzifera Mackinder & Wieringa
Vulnerable (VU) according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Riverine lowland rainforest.
About this species
The first known collection of Berlinia razzifera was made in April 2004 by Jean-Claude Mouandza Mbembo in Gabon. That first specimen was subsequently recognised as a species new to science by Kew botanist Barbara Mackinder.
The Latin word razzifera means ‘bearing rockets’ and refers to the plant’s erect inflorescences (flowering stems), which resemble a rocket-like firework. The glowing embers of the rocket are called to mind by the persistent, hanging, reddish-brown bracts, above which extends a long, straight axis of showy, white flowers.