Afrothismia pachyantha Schlechter



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1905

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered


Erroneously claimed to have been rediscovered (Cheek et al., 2021) in October 1995 or October 1996 (Cheek & Williams, 1999), however this record turned out to be mistaken (Cheek, 2004; Franke, 2007; Cheek et al., 2019).



Mt. Cameroon & Mt. Kupe, Cameroon


Biology & Ecology










Cable, S. and Cheek, M. 1998. The Plants of Mount Cameroon, A Conservation Checklist. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Cheek, M. 2004. Afrothismia pachyantha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T39539A10246294. Downloaded on 20 November 2016.

Cheek, Martin and Cable, Stuart. (1997). Plant inventory for conservation management: the Kew-Earthwatch programme in Western Cameroon, 1993-96, pp. 29-38. In: Doolan, Seán. African Rainforests and the Conservation of Biodiversity. Proceedings of the Limbe Conference, Limbe Botanic Garden, Cameroon, 17-24 January 1997. Earthwatch Europe. [p. 34]

Cheek, M., Etuge, M. & Williams, S. (2019). Afrothismia kupensis sp. nov. (Thismiaceae), Critically Endangered, with observations on its pollination and notes on the endemics of Mt Kupe, Cameroon. Blumea 64(1): 158-164.

Cheek, Martin, Ndam, Nouhou and Budden, Andrew. (2021). Notes on the threatened lowland forests of Mt Cameroon and their endemics including Drypetes burnleyae sp. nov., with a key to species of Drypetes sect. Stipulares (Putranjivaceae). Kew Bull.

Cheek, Martin and Williams, S. (1999). A review of African saprophytic flowering plants. In: Timberlake J, Kativu S (eds.) African plants: biodiversity, taxonomy & uses. Proceedings of the 1997 AETFAT congress, Harare, Zimbabwe: pp. 39-49. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.

Franke, Thassilo. (2007). Miscellaneous Contributions to the Taxonomy and Mycorrhiza of AMF-exploiting Myco-heterotrophic Plants. PhD. thesis. München: Fakultät für Biologie der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 2000. 2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Sainge, Moses N.; Chuyong, George B.; Peterson, A. Townsend. (2017). Endemism and geographic distribution of African Thismiaceae. Plant Ecology and Evolution 150(3): 304-312.


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