Taxonomy

Dendrophyllanthus serpentinus (Moore) R.W.Bouman
endemique
UICN

Synonyms

Phyllanthus serpentinus S.Moore

Red List Status -

Least Concern (LC) , assessed in 25/06/2020

Phyllanthus serpentinus is a shrub of 0.5-2 m high, endemic of New Caledonia and distributed in the north west of Grande Terre, from Boulinda to Poum. This species occurs in shrubland or undergrowth forests on ultramafic substrates up to 900 m asl. This species is common in undergrowth forests. With an extent of occurrence (EOO) equal to 2,628 km² and an area of occupancy (AOO) of 92 km², Phyllanthus serpentinus does not seem threatened and is assessed as Least Concern (LC).

Geographical area


Phyllanthus serpentinus is endemic to New Caledonia where it is distributed in the north west of Grande Terre, from Boulinda to Poum.

Population


Population size in not known but field observations indicate a species common in undergrowth forests.

Habitat


Phyllanthus serpentinus occurs in shrubland or undergrowth forests on ultramafic substrates up to 900 m asl.

Threats


Phyllanthus serpentinus is common and it is does not seem to be threathened although some subpopulations are potentially impacted by mining activities at Tiébaghi and Kopeto and by bushfires.

Conservation


Phyllanthus genus is protected by legislation in Province Nord. Phyllanthus serpentinus does not occur in any protected area.

Bibliography


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

McPherson, G.; Schmid, M. 1991. Flore de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et dépendances. Volume 17 : Euphorbiaceae II Phyllanthaceae.

Munzinger J., Morat Ph., Jaffré T., Gâteblé G., Pillon Y., Rouhan G., Bruy, D., Veillon J.-M., & M. Chalopin 2020. FLORICAL: Checklist of the vascular indigenous flora of New Caledonia [continuously updated].

Experts


Assessor(s): Amice, R., Bruy, D., Butin, J., Cazé, H., Fleurot, D., Héquet, V., Lannuzel, G., Laudereau, C., Lagrange, A., Veillon, J., Garnier, D., Dumontet, V., Goxe, J., McCoy, S., Gâteblé, G.

Reviewer(s): Warimavute, G.

Facilitator(s): Warimavute, G., Meyer, S., Vandrot, H.


Geographical distribution