New Liberian plant species discovered

Cercestis hepperi

From Fauna & Flora International:

New species discovered in Liberian forest


Fauna & Flora International facilitates plant survey which finds new type of plant in Sapo National Park

Fauna & Flora International FFI) is excited to announce the discovery of a new species of plant in Liberia’s Sapo National Park.

Cercestis hepperi jongkind, as the new species is called, is a creeper that grows on the forest floor. It has dark green leaves and bright red fruit (see picture above).

The plant was spotted and described by the botanist Dr Carel Jongkind who visited Sapo in January and February this year. The Botanical Team led by Carel included FFI Technical Advisor Richard Sambolah, Liberian tree specialists, Forest Development Authority rangers and undergraduate students from two Liberian Universities.

Surveys like this are crucial for building in-country capacity in Liberia in practical skills such as botanical identification. The expedition will also contribute to Liberia’s Tree Atlas, a database which will help foresters and environmentalists to manage Liberia’s forests in a sustainable way.

As the main conservation NGO involved in Sapo National Park, FFI has played a key role in encouraging and facilitating experts from around the world to study the area’s rich and understudied biodiversity.

The new species was formally described in the Nordic Journal of Botany. Read the paper: “Notes on the genus Cercestis (Araceae) and a new species from Liberia: Cercestis hepperi Jongkind sp. nov.

Liberia takes another leap forward in biodiversity conservation: here.

2 thoughts on “New Liberian plant species discovered

  1. Loggers purchase 25% of Liberia

    LIBERIA: Watchdog group Global Witness said today that one-quarter of Liberia’s land mass has been handed to logging companies in shady deals.

    International logging companies are relying on “private use permits” designed to allow private landowners to cut trees on their own property.

    Companies holding them aren’t required to log sustainably and pay little for the right to export timber.

    Over the weekend, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suspended Forestry Authority head Moses Wogbeh.


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