IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)

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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)


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