Taxonomy

endemique
protegee
UICN

Synonyms

Lyperanthus humboldtianus GuillauminPhaius paradoxus Kraenzl.

Red List Status -

Vulnerable (VU) , assessed in 11/09/2015

Protected species -

in Northern Province , in Northern Province

Megastylis paradoxa is an endemic orchid of New Caledonia known only from two areas on Grande Terre : Humboldt and Kouakoué. M. paradoxa occurs in grassy shrubland betwwen serpentine stones at an altitudinal range 1350-1610 m asl. Total population size is estimated to be fewer than 1,000 mature individuals. Using criteria D, M. paradoxa qualifies as Vulnerable (VU) D1.

Geographical area


M. paradoxa is an endemic orchid of New Caledonia known only from two areas on Grande Terre : Humboldt and Kouakoué.

Population


Field observations report sub-populations composed by 20 to 50 mature individuals. Considering that our knowledge on its distribution can not be totally exact, we can estimate total population size fewer than 1,000 mature individuals.

Habitat


M. paradoxa occurs in grassy shrubland betwwen serpentine stones at an altitudinal range 1350-1610 m asl.

Threats


There are no particular threats associated with this species.

Conservation


M. paradoxa is protected in Province Nord and Province Sud. M. paradoxa occurs in two protected areas : réserve naturelle du massif du Kouakoué and réserve naturelle du Mont Humboldt.

Bibliography


Endemia.nc 2016. Faune et Flore de Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Morat, P.; Jaffré, T.; Tronchet, F.; Munzinger, J.; Pillon, Y.; Veillon, J.-M. and Chalopin, M. 2012. Le référentiel taxonomique Florical et les caractéristiques de la flore vasculaire indigène de la Nouvelle-Calédonie [The taxonomic database « FLORICAL » and characteristics of the indigenous flora of New Caledonia]. Adansonia sér 3(34) , p.177-219.

Hallé N.; Aubréville A.; Leroy J. F.; 1977. Flore de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et dépendances. Volume 8: Orchidaceae.

Experts


Assessor(s): Butin, J., Laudereau, C., Amice, R., Cazé, H., Fleurot, D., Frayssinet, I., Garnier, D., Goxe, J., Gâteblé, G., Veillon, J., Villegente, J.

Reviewer(s): Tanguy, V.

Contributor(s): Faria, E.

Facilitator(s): Chanfreau, S.


Geographical distribution