Red List Status -Data Deficient (DD) , assessed in 10/09/2015
Protected species -in Northern Province
Medicosma exigua is a narrow endemic shrub restricted to the north-west of Grande Terre in New Caledonia. This species is insufficiently known. It could be composed by three sub-populations (Koumac, Ouazangou, Koniambo) which are areas threatened by mining operations. It is found in shrubland and remanant forest on an ultramafic substrate. This taxon is insufficiently collected and not well known. Medicosma exigua is therefore assessed as Data Deficient (DD) for taxonomic and provenance reasons.
Medicosma exigua is a narrow endemic shrub restricted to the north-west of Grande Terre in New Caledonia.It could be composed of three sub-populations (Koumac, Ouazangou, Koniambo).
Population size is unknown.
Medicosma exigua is found in shrubland and remanant forest on an ultramafic substrate.
Medicosma exigua could be found in areas threatened by mining operations.
The genus Medicosma should be taxonomically clarified in order to be able to assess the extinction risks of this species.
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Assessor(s): Tanguy, V., Veillon, J., Amice, R., Barrière, R., Fleurot, D., Gailhbaud, P., Garnier, D., Suprin, B.
Reviewer(s): Vandrot, H.
Contributor(s): Wulff, A.
Facilitator(s): Tanguy, V., Chanfreau, S.