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Open Access Assessing conservation status of Peninsular Malaysian Begonias (Begoniaceae)

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Abstract:

Following the revision of Peninsular Malaysian Begonia, a project that involved extensive fieldwork, we now have sufficient data to assess their conservation status. Out of 54 taxa, 48 are endemic to Peninsular Malaysia. No fewer than 30 taxa are known from fewer than five localities; 24 taxa are Critically Endangered (CR), 3 are Endangered (EN) while 4 are Vulnerable (VU). One taxon is Extinct (EX), the 22 remaining are Near Threatened (NT), Least Concern (LC) and Data Deficient (DD). We discuss how the assessment was carried out and the implications for the long-term conservation of Begonia. The most significant conservation measure proposed here is the gazettement of limestone hills as totally protected areas.

Keywords: CONSERVATION MEASURES; ENDEMICITY; THREAT ASSESSMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3767/000651909X474131

Publication date: 2009-10-01

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  • Blumea is an international journal on the biodiversity, evolution and biogeography of plants, including topics on systematics, floristics, phylogeny, morphology and anatomy. For floristic studies, the focus is on tropical Africa south of the Sahara, tropical Southeast Asia with a strong emphasis on Malesia, and South America with emphasis on the Guianas. Papers in Blumea are subjected to peer review and are in English. Blumea is published three times a year, comprising c. 300 pages in total.
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