Five new species of flowering trees from Sulawesi

Main report: Five new species in world’s largest tree genus found on Sulawesi
Other Reporting: Pensoft Blog
Scientific Paper: PhytoKeys    
New Taxa: Syzygium balgooyi, Syzygium contiguum, Syzygium devogelii, Syzygium eymae, Syzygium galanthum
Categories: New Species | Plants

Syzygium is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the myrtle family that contains more than 1,500 species. Only 14 of those were previously known to occur on Sulawesi, the world’s eleventh-largest island, however. By comparison, Borneo, Sulawesi’s larger neighbor to the west (and the third largest island in the world), is home to around 200 Syzygium species.  Three of the five newly described species on Sulawesi qualify for an endangered listing on the IUCN Red List.

Syzygium galanthum, one of five newly described tree species from Sulawesi. Photo by Fabian Brambach.

One of the newly described species, Syzygium balgooyi. Photo by Fabian Brambach.

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