Numerical taxonomy of Berlinia species (Caesalpinioideae: Leguminosae) and their distribution in Nigeria

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Emmanuel C. Chukwuma
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4154-283X
Abiodun E. Ayodele
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6673-1197
Michael Olasunkanmi Soladoye
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7617-4627
Deborah Moradeke Adewumi
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8313-7894

Abstract

A morphometric study was performed on six Berlinia species of the Nigerian flora. Individual specimens deposited at Forest Herbarium Ibadan and University of Ibadan Herbarium formed the units of study.  Twenty morphological characters were assessed and analyzed following conventional taxonomic practice. Results showed a close resemblance between B. craibiana and B. grandiflora, which share affinity with B. bracteosa and B. confusa, while B. coriacea appears to be distantly related.  Species distribution studies revealed that B. grandiflora exists in savanna and forest regions while other members of the genus are found only in forest zones. While suggesting practical measures for conserving endangered Nigerian flora, we also recommend that further taxonomic studies be carried out on the genus Berlinia and its related allies to ascertain their placement within the Caesalpiniodeae.

 

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Chukwuma, E.C., Ayodele, A.E., Soladoye, M.O. and Adewumi, D.M. 2016. Numerical taxonomy of Berlinia species (Caesalpinioideae: Leguminosae) and their distribution in Nigeria. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 2 (Feb. 2016), 8443–8451. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.1979.8.2.8443-8451.
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Author Biographies

Emmanuel C. Chukwuma, Forest Herbarium Ibadan (FHI), Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, P.M.B 5054, Jericho Hill, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Emmanuel C. Chukwuma is a Research Scientist at Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria; plant taxonomist, and actively engaged in taxonomic research and conservation of Nigerian flora.

  

Abiodun E. Ayodele, Botany Department, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Abiodun E. Ayodele is a Professor with the University of Ibadan; plant taxonomist, and actively engaged in taxonomic research and conservation of Nigerian flora.

  

Michael Olasunkanmi Soladoye, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, Southwestern University Nigeria, Km 20 Sagamu-Benin Expressway, Okun Owa, PMB 2088, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria

Michael O. Soladoye is also a Professor with Southwestern University Nigeria; plant taxonomist, and actively engaged in taxonomic research and conservation of Nigerian flora.

  

Deborah Moradeke Adewumi, Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria

Deborah M. Chukwuma is a Lecturer with Federal University Oye-Ekiti; plant taxonomist, and actively engaged in taxonomic research and conservation of Nigerian flora.

 

 

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