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Oxandra is finally revised. The revision was published in Blumea this week and is open access.
The genus now counts 27 species, plus a possible new one that remains undescribed because it still lacks good material.
In June 2016 I went to the Monts de Cristal National Park in Gabon (as part of the AFRODYN project), basically to the same area where Hervé Sauquet and myself discovered Sirdavidia solannona back in 2012. I was walking aorund trying to find more individuals and populations of Sirdavidia and checking to see if it was flowering (which it was not...).
In the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, over thirty 'Anoneiros' are meeting during a five day Annonaceae workshop, hosted by the South China Botanical Garden and facilitated by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Five days of sharing ideas and data, designing new joint projects in a forward-looking mood, and enjoying the beautiful Guandong landscape during field trips.
A new genus of Annonaceae was discovered last year by Thomas Couvreur and Hervé Sauquet in the Parque National des Monts de Cristal, Gabon. It was named Sirdavidia in honor of Sir David Attenborough. It was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys: http://phytokeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4665
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For the pas ten years there has been a discussion about the phylogenetic placement of the small genus Diclinanona amongst Annonaceae researchers. Recently, several parties involved in the discussion teamed up in order to investigate the issue and settle the discussion. The resulting paper of Erkens et al. in the December issue of Taxon not only fixes Diclinanona firmly in the Annoneae (as sister to a clade with Disepalum, Annona and Asimina) but also presents a complete online revision of the three species.
A new tropical tree species of Guatteria has been described in Phytotaxa 2014, 173(2): 149-156. Guatteria darienensis can be found in Panama and Colombia and is named after the Darién Gap (Tapón del Darién), the road-free and difficult to access area between Panama and the Colombian Chocó, where most collections were made.
In the latest issue of Systematic Botany (39(2):396-404. 2014), Dr. Bine and colleagues have taken care of yet another bunch of wrongly named Polyalthia species (four of them) and the genus Fitzalania. Fitzalania comprises two species endemic to Australia. Molecular data has long shown that this later genus was nested within the lovely Meiogyne genus (Mols et al. 2004; Xue et al. 2011, Thomas et al. 2012) .
In 2006 I described a new species of Monodora: M. hastipetala. This species was only known from a single locality: The Matumbi Hills in Tanzania. It is a beautiful and delicate species. Though it was locally abundant in the Hills, it was still assessed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Species Survival Commission Eastern Africa Plant Red List Authority chaired by Quentin Luke.
Monodora hastipetala Couvreur:
Today, Monday 16th of September, we organized the first ever Scratchpad Training course in Yaoundé. It was financed by the Ambassadors Program of the Scratchpad project. It was co hosted by the Universté de Yaoundé I, and was held at the Agence Université pour la Francophie. On this first day we had 15 participants. Some were researchers; many were PhD students or prospective Phd students and some where master level students. Tomorrow (the last course) we expect the same number.