Taxonomy

endemique
protegee
UICN

Red List Status -

Endangered (EN) , assessed in 30/09/2016

Protected species -

in Northern Province , in Northern Province

Basselinia iterata is a solitary, slender, canopy to emergent, endemic tree palm of New Caledonia restricted to the ridge between Mount Colnett, Mount Ignambi and Mount Panié in the north-eastern part of Grande Terre in New Caledonia. Basselinia iterata occurs in low, mountain forest and exposed, shrubby, ridged vegetation soils derived from schistose rocks from 970-1,000 m asl. Main identified threats are linked to seeds destruction by rats and habitat damage by wild pigs. It has an area of occupancy (AOO) and extent of occurrence (EOO) respectively equal to 20 and 27 km² with three locations. Basselinia iterata is considered Endangered (EN) B1ab (iii,v)+2ab(iii,v) with a decline of habitat quality and number of mature individuals.

Geographical area


Basselini iterata is an endemic palm tree of New Caledonia, where it is known from three subpopulations that are restricted to the ridge between Mount Colnett, Mount Ignambi and Mount Panié in the norteast of Grande Terre in New Caledonia.

Population


Population size is unknown but field observation in one locality indicated a population locally abundant with regeneration. The number of subpopulation is estimated to three.

Habitat


Basselinia iterata occurs in low, moutain forest and exposed,shrubby, ridgged vegetation soils derived from schistose rocks from 970-1,000 m asl.

Threats


Main identified threats are linked to seeds destruction by rats and habitat damage by wild pigs.

Conservation


Basselinia iterata is protected by legislation in Province Nord and Province Sud and it occurs in one protected area: Mont Panié. Prospection on this species in Colnett is highly recommended due to a lack of recent data in this locality. It is also recommended to list the species in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This species would benefit from ex-situ and in-situ emergency conservation actions as well as invasive species control. Itt would be moreover advised to realize multiplication tests.

Bibliography


Pintaud J.C. 1999. Phylogénie, biogéographie et écologie des palmiers de Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Hodel, D. R., & Pintaud. 1998. The palms of New Caledonia / Les palmiers de Nouvelle-Calédonie..

Pintaud, J.-C., & Stauffer, F. W. 2011. A revision of the large-flowered group of Basselinia Vieill. sect. Taloua H. E. Moore & Uhl (Arecaceae).. Candollea(66) , p.147-154.

Pintaud, J.-C., & Baker, W. J. 2008. A Revision of the Palm Genera (Arecaceae) of New Caledonia.. Kew bulletin(63) , p.61-73.

Pintaud J.C. 2000. An introduction to the palms of New Caledonia.. Palms(44) , p.132-140.

Experts


Assessor(s): Amice, R., Canel, J., Ugolini, D., Butin, J., Fleurot, D., Garnier, D., Garnier, D., Goxe, J., Henry, B., Lespes, A., Letocart, D., Letocart, I., Mercier, B., Tiavouane, J., Veillon, J., Warimavute, G.

Reviewer(s): Tanguy, V.

Facilitator(s): Maura, J., Warimavute, G., Tanguy, V.


Geographical distribution