Hopea brachyptera

Where is this tree found?

One of the rarest Philippine Dipterocarps only known from two localities on the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao.

In 2013, it was collected for the first time in 99 years in the island’s lowland primary forest.

Why save this tree?

Habitat loss from expanding agricultural activities in the region has resulted in this species only persisting in two localities. There are thought to be no more than 2,500 adults now remaining in the wild.

There is suspected to be limited genetic transfer between the two populations and urgent action is required to increase the genetic diversity of the remaining individuals.

In addition to the loss of its habitat, it is also targeted for its timber which is used for building houses.

How to save this species

Building local knowledge is important for the long-term conservation of this species. Local communities will be equipped with the skills to grow the species in community nurseries. Selling saplings will also provide an additional source of income.

Working with local authorities, local ordinances for the protection of the species will be prepared. Natural populations will also be increased through reinforcement planting and facilitating natural regeneration.

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A systematic, cost-effective, and rational approach


Botanical exploration

Population surveys will identify previously unrecorded individuals

Capacity building activities

Increasing the appreciation and knowledge of local communities on the importance of the species will empower them to initiate local actions for their long-term conservation

Reinforcement of the species

Growing seedlings in a local community nursery and planting saplings to reinforce wild populations

Improvement of habitat protection

Working with Local Government Units to prepare local ordinances for the protection of the species

Establishment of conservation collections in the Philippines

Working with botanic gardens in the Philippines to establish ex situ conservation collections

Increasing public awareness

Produce education materials such as interpretation signs, posters, social media content and pictorial guides to improve public knowledge of the species

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