Maesa tetrandra (Primulaceae) in Palau: an introduced species mistaken for a single-island endemic

Costion, Craig M., and Utteridge, Timothy M.A. (2014) Maesa tetrandra (Primulaceae) in Palau: an introduced species mistaken for a single-island endemic. Pacific Science, 68 (1). pp. 111-116.

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Abstract

Maesa canfieldiae Fosberg & Sachet was formerly recognized as a single- island endemic in the Palau archipelago with a potentially rare distribution warranting its listing on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable. Here we synonymize M. canfieldiae into Maesa tetrandra (Roxb.) A. DC., a more widespread species native to Indonesia and New Guinea, and discuss its likely method of recent introduction to the Palau Islands. Because this particular species favors disturbance and is now considered naturalized in the Pacific, we have included a general description of the plant to aid in its identification by nonexperts and to allow monitoring of its invasive potential. We recommend the listing of M. tetrandra as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Item ID: 38028
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1534-6188
Funders: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, Conservation International
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 10:49
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060310 Plant Systematics and Taxonomy @ 80%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960803 Documentation of Undescribed Flora and Fauna @ 100%
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