Short Communication

Bertiera sinoensis Jongkind (Rubiaceae), a new forest liana from Liberia

Carel Jongkind
Bothalia | Vol 47, No 1 | a2145 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v47i1.2145 | © 2017 Carel Jongkind | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 August 2016 | Published: 21 April 2017

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Carel Jongkind, Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium


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Abstract

Background: Fieldwork in Liberia in recent years has improved our knowledge of the local endemic species.
Objectives: To describe a new species in Bertiera to accommodate material from the south-east of Liberia that cannot be included in any known species.
Methods: Existing herbarium collections were studied, the new species was studied in the field and the relevant published literature was consulted.
Results: The new species Bertiera sinoensis is described and illustrated here based on six specimens.
Conclusions: The new species adds one more species to the botanical hotspot in south-east Liberia. It is assigned a preliminary conservation status of ‘Endangered’ (IUCN).

Keywords

Bertiera; Africa; tropical forest; conservation

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