Diospyros katendei (Ebenaceae) is a deciduous tree in a genus which contains about 500 species, including ebony and persimmon species. D. katendei has a very restricted distribution and is currently known only from one population of about 20 trees that inhabit an upland evergreen rainforest in the Kasyoha-Kitomi forest reserve in Uganda. It has been identified by the IUCN as critically endangered, and placed on a list generated by the ICUN and Zoological Society of London of the worlds 100 most endangered species. The trees are threatened by illegal logging and degradation of their habitat as a result of gold mining and agricultural pressures. Suggestions for potential preservation of this species include enforced protection within the forest reserve and culturing in herbaria.
(Baillie and Butcher 2012; Katende 1988; Wikipedia 2013)
- Baillie, J.E.M, and E.R. Butcher 2012. Priceless or Worthless? (PDF). Zoological Society of London. ISBN 978-0-900881-67-1. http://static.zsl.org/files/priceless-or-worthless-final-wq-2040-2050.pdf
Katende, A.B. 1998. Diospyros katendei. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2.
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- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 13 March 2013. Diospyros. Retrieved April 2, 2013 from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Diospyros&oldid=543842291
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