Buchanania barberi

Where is this tree found?

It is endemic to the South Western Ghats of Kerala, India. The Western Ghats has extremely high species diversity and endemism and is recognised as one of the world’s eight ‘hottest hotspots’ of biodiversity. Over 50% of the trees which grow in the region are found nowhere else in the world!

The species was previously only reported from its type locality collected in 1904. After 97 years it has been rediscovered but only four trees survive, of which only two produce seed.

Why save this tree?

It is on the verge of extinction. No new seedlings have been observed which is thought to be as a result of poor conditions in its remaining natural habitat. This habitat under threat from development programmes in the area, particularly road expansion.

How to save this species

Improving the germination of this species is a key challenge. Funding will enable experiments to be conducted exploring how to break seed dormancy and increase its germination rate. This methodology will be used to grow saplings which will be reintroduced back into the wild. Community engagement is also of great importance to ensure that conservation actions are sustainable.

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Collection of seed

Seed will be collected from the two remaining seed-bearing trees

Germination experiments

Research will investigate how to improve the germination rate of the species

Saplings grown in threatened tree nursery

Saplings will be grown using the propagation protocol

Reintroduction

Saplings will be reintroduced back into the wild

Establishment of conservation collections

Conservation collections will be established at Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden

Local community engagement

Key local community stakeholders will be targeted to highlight the importance of the species

Partners for Buchanania barberi

Sponsors for Buchanania barberi