Aglaia unifolia P. T. Li & X. M. Chen

Single-leafed Aglaia (Aglaia unifolia)  

The Single-leafed Aglaia is known from the type material which allegedly was collected in 1947 somewhere near a mountain named Mt. Nanggaranambuluta, which may or may not be today’s Mt. Lomalangi in the Nadarivatu region in the northern part of Viti Levu, Fiji.

The species was never recorded since and is considered extinct.


The Single-leafed Aglaia, however, is not mentioned at all in Albert C. Smith’s “Flora Vitiensis Nova: A new flora of Fiji” from 1985, thus this might indeed be one of the many cases in which a plant is considered extinct which probably never really existed but turns out some day to be just a different species with a wrong label. [1]



[1] Albert C. Smith: Flora Vitiensis Nova: A new flora of Fiji (Spermatophytes only). Vol. 3. Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii 1985


edited: 04.09.2019