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Kerianthera longiflora

This remarkable new species was discovered in the highly endangered Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil.
Kerianthera longiflora leaves and flowers

Kerianthera longiflora

Species information

Scientific name: 

Kerianthera longiflora Zappi & C.T. Oliveira

Conservation status: 

Rated by the IUCN as Vulnerable (VU).


Atlantic Forest, endemic to the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, Brazil.

Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Kerianthera

About this species

Kerianthera longiflora was discovered by Caetano T. Oliveira and Leandro Giacomin during inventory fieldwork in the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil. This species was found to belong in the genus Kerianthera, which was previously only known from the Amazon Forest. The Atlantic Forest of Brazil is one of the world’s most endangered environments. This is because it coincides with the most highly populated part of Brazil, and agricultural and mining activities in the area date back to the 1700s.

Kew has been involved in the study and cataloguing of Brazilian Rubiaceae (coffee family) for over ten years and has helped build capacity for staff in Brazil to develop research in floristic inventories and other baseline research.


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