A Catalogue of the Plants of Madagascar. A 5-year collaborative project to catalogue the vascular plants of Madagascar. Peter B. Phillipson George E. Schatz Porter P. Lowry II. Missouri Botanical Garden. Madagascar: Global Hotspot . Centre of diversity (12,000? species)
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A Catalogue of the Plants of Madagascar
A 5-year collaborative project to catalogue the vascular plants of Madagascar
Peter B. Phillipson
George E. Schatz
Porter P. Lowry II
Missouri Botanical Garden
From: Myers et al. 2000
+ Associated series of published articles
1 endemic genus, 8 endemic species.
Syn.: Rhodoclada Baker
8 endemic species.
Ref.: Schatz et al., 1999.
Asteropeia amblyocarpa Tul.
Syn.: Asteropeia amblyocarpa Tul. var. longifolia H. Perrier, nomen inval.; Asteropeia rhopaloides (Baker) Baill. var. angustata H. Perrier, nomen inval., pro parte.
Endemic. Shrub or tree. Subhumid and Dry, Forest and Woodland. 0-2000 m.
Prov.: ANTA, ANTS, FIAN, MAHA, TOLI
PA: Andohahela, Andringitra, Ankarafantsika
Cons. Stat.: LC
Type: Bernier 281 (HT: P; IT: P)
Voucher: C. Birkinshaw et al. 725 (MO, P, TAN).
Asteropeia amblyocarpa Tul. var. longifolia H. Perrier, nomen inval. = Asteropeia amblyocarpa Tul.
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What has been done?
178 families out of 222 (80%) treated in full
Some treatments over 50 years old
of the remaining 44 non-treated families, some modern treatments are available, notably Fabaceae
What remains largely “untouched”?
CONVOLVULACEAE (Fl Mad 2002) minor changes
Is this figure representative?
12,000 spp. may still be an underestimate for the total vascular plant flora of Madagascar
In 1959 the number of species recorded from Madagascar was estimated at 7,900 (Humbert)
By 1992 the increase was estimated at 1445 (18%), giving a total of 9345 (Phillipson)
The rate of adding species seems to have increased, are we now adding 74% to 1959 levels across the board?
If so, available figures suggests a total flora of 13,700 species!
Species endemism still looks to be over 90% in many taxa
Hopefully we will have a more reliable estimate in 5 years time!
The first edition of the Catalogue will be a starting point
Later editions may include other data: what?