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Monographic and systematic studies in African Acanthaceae

A pollen grain of brachystphanus glaberrimusThe treatment of the Acanthaceae for the Flore d'Afrique Centrale is close to completion. The Flore d'Afrique Centrale is an extensive floral work covering plants growing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, known as Central Africa for succinctness.

The Acanthaceae is represented in Central Africa by 48 genera and 341 species of which 56 (16%) are endemic.

This revision will describe two new genera, Hombertia and Schaueriopsis, and about 50 new species, which amounts to about 15% of all the Acanthaceae species of the region. Five genera are monotypic, Anomacanthus, Hombertia and Schaueriopsis. All three of these are endemic to Central Africa and the Guineo-Congolian region and have a very restricted distribution. The genera Kosmosiphon and Saintpauliopsis have a larger distribution extending beyond the area of the Flore d'Afrique Centrale but are still endemic to the Afromontane and/or Guineo-Congolian centres of endemism.

Recent publications

  • Champluvier D. (2011) New species or infraspecific taxa and overlooked species of Acanthaceae from Central Africa. (1) the genus Barleria. Pl. Ecol. & Evol. 144 : 82-95.
  • Champluvier D. & Senterre B. (2010) New taxa in Crossandrella, Dischistocalyx and Ascotheca (Acanthaceae) from Equatorial Guinea. Pl. Ecol. & Evol. 143 : 181-190.
  • Champluvier D. & Darbyshire I. (2009) A revision of the genera Brachystephanus and Oreacanthus (Acanthaceae) in Tropical Africa. Syst. & Geogr. Pl. 79 : 115-192.
  • Koffi, K.J., Champluvier, D., Robbrecht, E., El-Bana, M.I., Rousseau, R. & Bogaert, J. (2008). Acanthaceae species as potential indicators of phytogeographic territories in Central Africa. In: Doupont, A. & Jacobs, H. (eds.). Landscape Ecology Research Trends, pp 1-19. Nova Science Publishers.
  • Champluvier D. (2005) Duosperma clarae (Acanthaceae), a new species from Katanga (D.R. Congo) and the second record of orbicules within the family. Syst. & Geogr. Pl. 75 : 51-60.
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