Vatica kanthanensis

Where is this tree found?

This species is only known from one forested limestone massif in Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. This massif has been subjected to cement quarrying since the 1960s and the northern end has been almost completely destroyed.

Why save this tree?

This species was discovered just seven years ago and fewer than 50 adult trees remain. Natural regeneration at the site is limited, with no seedlings or saplings being observed since the species was discovered.

Without conservation action, quarrying threatens to expand into the remaining range of this species and could result in the extinction of the species.

How to save this species

Seeds of Dipterocarps are mostly produced during “mast” bumper years. However, an important conservation challenge is that most Dipterocarp species produce recalcitrant seeds, which are not suitable for long-term storage in seed banks.

In-country partners collected 1,000 seeds of Vatica kanthanensis during a mast year in 2019. Saplings grown from these seeds are now being grown in a threatened tree nursery and are a lifeline for the species.

Funding will enable these saplings to be used in restoration activities. Restoration of this unique habitat will also benefit seven other endemic species that are only found at the site.

$ 0
cost to save the species
0 years
duration of the project

A systematic, cost-effective, and rational approach

1
2
3
4
5
6

Collection of propagation material

Mature individuals will be monitored and seeds collected if fruiting occurs

Propagation of saplings

Saplings will be nurtured within the threatened tree nursery and any freshly collected seeds propagated

Restoration of habitat

The species will be planted to restore its unique habitat alongside other plant species

Raise awareness of its unique habitat

Awareness-raising activities will highlight the importance of conserving the unique biodiversity present on its limestone massif

Engagement with mining company

Liaise with the company which mines the massif to ensure the long-term sustainability of conservation actions

Establishment of conservation collections

Set up a network of conservation collections within Malaysia to act as an insurance against extinction

Partners for Vatica kanthanensis

Sponsors for Vatica kanthanensis