Abutilon pitcairnense F.R. Fosberg

Yellow fatu, Yellow fautu



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Extinct in the wild

Last record: 2005

IUCN RedList status: Extinct in the Wild


"This species was initially collected on Pitcairn by Miss Rosalind Young in 1898 from Palver Valley Ridge but only described as a new species in 1981 by Fosberg. It was seen in the wild in 1955 by I.T. Twyford and collected by H. St. John in 1934. However, it was not found during the flora and vegetation survey of 1997, despite searches of known locations (Kingston 2001). It was re-discovered in 2003 at Tesdide by local islander Carol Warren. Cuttings and seeds were collected and propagated from this rediscovery and replanted at this location. In January 2005, a landslide on the island destroyed the original Tedside plant and three planted seedlings at this location. Despite efforts, this species has not been relocated in the wild ever since (Smyth et al. 2010). It survives in conservation collections ex situ."

(Bárrios & Smyth, 2018)



Pitcairn Island


Biology & Ecology










Bárrios, S. and Smyth, N. (2018). Abutilon pitcairnense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T122926206A122926208. Accessed on 10 June 2022.

Kingston, N. (2001). The Flora and Vegetation of Pitcairn Island - its phytogeography and conservation. PhD.Thesis. Trinity College, University of Dublin.

Smyth, N. (2008). Syzygium jambos (L.) Alston (Myrtaceae) Control, Conservation and Restoration of the Threatened Native Flora of Pitcairn Island, South Central Pacific. Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dublin.

Smyth, Noeleen, Waldren, Steve and Kingston Naomi. (2010). Abutilon pitcairnense. Curtis's Botanical Magazine 27(4): 355-354. [Abstract]


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