Taxonomy

Dendrobium letocartiorum M.Pignal & Munzinger, sp. nov. ined., {}
endemique
protegee
UICN

Red List Status -

Near Threatened (NT) , assessed in 29/01/2016

Protected species -

in Northern Province

Dendrobium sp. nov. "letocartiorum" is an endemic orchid of New Caledonia, known only from northern part of Grande Terre (main island) on Ouaïème-Mandjélia area. Dendrobium sp. nov. "letocartiorum" is found in humid forest on metamorphic rocks at an altitudinal range 780-950 m. asl. Dendrobium sp. nov. "letocartiorum" is also saxicolous. Its area of occupancy and extent of occurrence are respectively equal to 24 and 142 km². Based on informations from experts, it would be possible that population size be around 1,000 mature individuals. Using criteria D, Dendrobium sp. nov. "letocartiorum" qualifies as Near Threatened close to Vulnerable D1.

Geographical area


Dendrobium sp. nov. "letocartiorum" is an endemic orchid of New Caledonia, known only from northern part of Grande Terre (main island) on Ouaïème-Mandjélia area.

Population


Population size is not precisely known, but field observations report a rare species only found as little population. based on informations from experts, it would be possible that population size be around 1,000 mature individuals.

Habitat


Dendrobium sp. nov. "letocartiorum" is found in humid forest on metamorphic rocks at an altitudinal range 780-950 m. asl. Dendrobium sp. nov. "letocartiorum" is also saxicolous.

Threats


Dendrobium sp. nov. "letocartiorum" does not seem threatened.

Conservation


Dendrobium sp. nov. "letocartiorum" is protected in Province Nord and Province Sud. This species also occurs in one protected area : réserve de nature sauvage du Mont Panié. In order to improve our knowlegde on this new species, prospection need to be intensified on disjunction area between well known stations.

Bibliography


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.

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

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., Antheaume, C., Birnbaum, P., Dubreuil, M., Lannuzel, G., Papineau, C.

Facilitator(s): Chanfreau, S.


Geographical distribution