Kew Bulletin

, 72:36 | Cite as

Mapania jongkindii (Cyperaceae), a new species from Liberia

  • Attila Mesterházy
  • Changkyun Kim
  • Jane Browning


A new species of Mapania, M. jongkindii is described and illustrated from the Nimba Mts, Liberia. It is separated from the related species, M. baldwinii and M. linderi, by characteristics of both leaf and fruit. Confirmation of this separation and the phylogenetic position of M. jongkindii was determined by phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences from nuclear ribosomal Internal Transcribed Spacer and two chloroplast regions (rpoB and trnL-F IGS).

Key Words

Conservation Hypolytreae taxonomy West Africa 



Boye Johnson and Joseph Harmon (UNDPI) and their families helped and hosted the first author's stay in Liberia. Visiting the country was made possible by the invitation of SCNL. Mr Joseph Fully† (SCNL), Mr Theo Freeman and Mr Morris B. Kamara (FDA) assisted the first author in obtaining the necessary permissions to do fieldwork, with guidance provided by Mr Wilmot Gould and the ranger services of East-Nimba Natural Reserve.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of West Hungary, Institute of Botany and Natural ConservationSopronHungary
  2. 2.Department of Life ScienceGachon UniversitySeongnamRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Royal Botanic GardensRichmondUK

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