Overview

Distribution

Range Description

A monotypic genus endemic to Cuba. Collections have been made in western Cuba but now this tall tree appears to be locally confined to the montane forests of central Cuba.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Isosyntype for Megalopanax rex Ekman ex Harms
Catalog Number: US 1302697
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): E. L. Ekman
Year Collected: 1923
Locality: Lomas de Camoa., Greater Antilles, La Habana, Cuba, West Indies
  • Isosyntype: Harms, H. A.T. 1924. Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem. 9: 122.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Montane forest.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
CR
Critically Endangered

Red List Criteria
B1+2c, D

Version
2.3

Year Assessed
1998
  • Needs updating

Assessor/s
Areces-Mallea, A.E.

Reviewer/s

Contributor/s

History
  • 1997
    Endangered
    (Walter and Gillett 1998)
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Population

Population
Only a few individuals have been seen.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Fieldwork is needed to verify the number of remaining trees to assess whether the population is capable of recovery.
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Wikipedia

Megalopanax rex


Megalopanax rex is a species of flowering plant of family Araliaceae, the only representative of genus Megalopanax. It is endemic to Cuba. Some authorities include this species in the genus, Aralia.

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