Pleodendron ekmanii Urb. (1929:75)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

There is some doubt over the species' taxonomic status:

"Pleodendron ekmanii Urb. was described from sterile material from Haiti, but preliminary evidence indicates that it is more likely conspecific with one of the species of Cinnamodendron known from the Greater Antilles (J. Salazar, pers. com)."

(Hammel & Zamora, 2005:213)


Conservation Status

Missing (Timyan, 2021) if valid (see Hammel & Zamora, 2005:213)

Last (and only) record: 1927 (Timyan, 2021)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)


Only a single tree was ever recorded (Timyan, 2021).



Massif du Nord, central northern Haiti, Hispaniola



Wooded hillsides at 800m elevation (Graham & Jarzen, 1969:334).


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Urb., Arkiv för Botanik 22A(8): 75 (1929)


Other references:

Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. and Strong, M. T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.

Graham, Alan and Jarzen, David M. (1969). Studies in neotropical paleobotany. I. The Oligocene communities of Puerto Rico. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 56(3): 308-357.

Hammel, Barry E. and Zamora, Nelson A. (2005). Pleodendron costaricense (Canella Ceae), a new species for Costa Rica. Lankesteriana International Journal on Orchidology 5(3): 211-218.

Liogier, A. H. (1983). La Flora de la Española II. San Pedro de Macoris, R.D.

Timyan, J. (2021). Pleodendron ekmanii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T121394196A121985835. Accessed on 30 July 2022.


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