Taxonomy

Plerandra neocaledonica Lowry, G.M.Plunkett & Frodin
endemique
UICN

Synonyms

Schefflera neocaledonica Lowry, in herb.

Red List Status -

Near Threatened (NT)

Plerandra neocaledonica is an endemic tree of New Caledonia restricted on the Grande Terre to the massif du Sud.With an estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) of 345 km², an area of occupancy of 162 km² and ca. 12 known subpopulations, some of which occur within a protected area, Plerandra neocaledonica is assigned a status of Near Threatened (NT) close to VU under B1 and B2 as some sub-populations may be impacted by mining activities, such resulting in a projected continuing decline of the habitat quality.

Geographical area


Plerandra neocaledonica is an endemic tree of New Caledonia restricted on the Grande Terre to the massif du Sud.

Population


Plerandra neocaledonica is abundant. Population size is unknown.

Habitat


It occurs in altitudinal dense humid forest on ultramafic substrate.

Threats


Plerandra neocaledonica may be impacted by mining activities and Rusa Deer. However, it has a large distribution and natural regeneration has been observed. It does not seem severely threatened.

Conservation


Plerandra neocaledonica is not protected by legislation. It occurs in some protected areas (Réserve naturelle du Massif du Kouakoué, Réserve intégrale de la Montagne des Sources). Dense humid forests are a patrimonial ecosystem protected by the Code de l'environnement of Province Sud.

Bibliography


Lowry, P. P. II; G. M. Plunkett and D. G. Frodin,2013, Revision of Plerandra A. Gray (Araliaceae). I. A synopsis of the genus with an expanded circumscription and a new infrageneric classification, Brittonia(65) , p.42-61.

Geographical distribution