An annotated checklist of the vascular flora of South and North Nandi Forests, Kenya. Melly, D. K.; Kipkoech, S.; Muema, B. W.; Kamau, P.; Malombe, I.; Hu, G.; and Wang, Q. PhytoKeys, 155:87–139, August, 2020.
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We compiled a checklist of the flora of South and North Nandi forests based on literature, online databases, herbarium collections and floristic field surveys. A combination of general walk-over surveys and plotless landscape sampling for plant collection and sight observation was used. We recorded 628 plant species representing 118 families and 392 genera, which almost double the latest results of the previous most recent survey. We found 61 species of ferns and fern allies and 567 species of seed plants, representing 9.98% of the total plant species in Kenya. Herbs were the majority (50.2%) of life forms followed by shrubs (16.5%). We report unique populations of three species out of 19 species that are widespread in Africa, but restricted to Nandi and Kakamega Forests in Kenya. Four of the recorded species are threatened globally and 16 exotic plant species were found. The recent description of one new species and two new records for Kenya from these forests, together with the comprehensive checklist is of crucial importance to the conservation of these unique ecosystems. Our results are essential to forest managers, community forest associations, conservationists, students and research scientists in Kenya and globally for implementing critical decisions for the conservation of this vital biodiversity resource.
@article{melly_annotated_2020,
	title = {An annotated checklist of the vascular flora of {South} and {North} {Nandi} {Forests}, {Kenya}},
	volume = {155},
	issn = {1314-2003, 1314-2011},
	url = {https://phytokeys.pensoft.net/article/51966/},
	doi = {10.3897/phytokeys.155.51966},
	abstract = {We compiled a checklist of the flora of South and North Nandi forests based on literature, online databases, herbarium collections and floristic field surveys. A combination of general walk-over surveys and plotless landscape sampling for plant collection and sight observation was used. We recorded 628 plant species representing 118 families and 392 genera, which almost double the latest results of the previous most recent survey. We found 61 species of ferns and fern allies and 567 species of seed plants, representing 9.98\% of the total plant species in Kenya. Herbs were the majority (50.2\%) of life forms followed by shrubs (16.5\%). We report unique populations of three species out of 19 species that are widespread in Africa, but restricted to Nandi and Kakamega Forests in Kenya. Four of the recorded species are threatened globally and 16 exotic plant species were found. The recent description of one new species and two new records for Kenya from these forests, together with the comprehensive checklist is of crucial importance to the conservation of these unique ecosystems. Our results are essential to forest managers, community forest associations, conservationists, students and research scientists in Kenya and globally for implementing critical decisions for the conservation of this vital biodiversity resource.},
	language = {English},
	urldate = {2020-08-17},
	journal = {PhytoKeys},
	author = {Melly, David Kimutai and Kipkoech, Solomon and Muema, Benjamin Watuma and Kamau, Peris and Malombe, Itambo and Hu, Guangwan and Wang, Qing-Feng},
	month = aug,
	year = {2020},
	keywords = {Ipomoea hederifolia L., Ipomoea tenuirostris Choisy, Ipomoea wightii (Wall.) Choisy},
	pages = {87--139},
}
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