Red List Status -Critically Endangered (CR) , assessed in 10/05/2016
Protected species -in Northern Province
Pycnandra versicolor is a shrub up to 1.5 m tall known from a single mountain massif (Koniambo) in the northern part of New Caledonia. It is found in shrubland on ultramafic substrate at an altitudinal range 700-880 m asl. The main threat identified is mining activities at Koniambo, which encompass its entire known distribution and began operating in 2009. Field observations indicate that a population reduction has taken place at the single location: parts of some stands have been lost and now comprise only remnant individuals. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) and area of occupancy (AOO) are estimated to be of 12 km² while the species is known from a single location. Pycnandra versicolor is therefore assessed as Critically Endangered (CR) B1ab(i,ii,iii,v).
Pycnandra versicolor is an endemic shrub up to 1,5 m tall known from a single mountain massif (Koniambo) in the northern part of New Caledonia.
This species is known from a single population: Massif Koniambo.
Pycnandra versicolor is found in shrubland on ultramafic substrate at an altitudinal range 700-880 m asl.
The main threat identified is mining activities: Koniambo (KNS) which encompasses its entire known distribution. Field observations indicate that population reduction has taken place at the single location: parts of some stand have been lost and now comprise only remnant individuals.
Unprotected species, Pycnandra versicolor does not occur in any protected area. Ex-situ and in-situ conservation efforts are urgently needed, in particular : ensuring the follow-up of the only known sub-population and preserving it on delimited perimeters.
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Assessor(s): Amice, R., Dumontet, V., Fleurot, D., Vandrot, H., Veillon, J.
Reviewer(s): Gâteblé, G.
Contributor(s): Swenson, U., Munzinger, J.
Facilitator(s): Tanguy, V.