Lurking in the Shadows: A New Species of Drypetes (Putranjivaceae) from Central Africa Hiding in Forest Plots and Herbaria

  • Alejandro Quintanar Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid CSIC
  • Patricia Barberá Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Diosdado Nguema TROPIC-FOREST
  • Vicent Medjibe Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux
  • Zoë A. Goodwin Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Jean Michel Onana Université de Yaoundé I & Herbier national du Cameroun
  • Sydney T. Ndolo Ebika Université Marien Ngouabi
  • Corneille E. N. Ewango Centre de Formation et de recherche en Conservation Forestiere
  • Jean Marie Moutsamboté Institut National en Sciences Exactes et Naturelles (IRSEN)
  • David J. Harris Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Keywords: Central Africa, Drypetes, new species, Putranjivaceae

Abstract

Here we publish a new species of forest tree of the genus Drypetes Vahl (Putranjivaceae), D. umbricola D. J. Harris & Quintanar, which has a wide distribution in Central Africa (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Republic of the Congo). It is known from 70 herbarium collections and additional sterile plot vouchers. A differential diagnosis, detailed morphological description, photographs, an illustration, and information about its habitat, distribution, and conservation status are provided.

Published
2021-03-05
Section
Articles