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      An annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Aberdare Ranges Forest, a part of Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot

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          The Aberdare Ranges Forest, located in the Central highlands of Kenya, is an isolated volcanic mountain in the East African Rift Valley with unique flora. Despite its refugial importance to rare and endemic plant species, the diversity of plants in the Aberdare Ranges Forest remains poorly understood. The checklist presented here is a collation of data obtained from multiple floristic surveys and from herbarium specimen collections from the forest. A total of 1260 vascular plants taxa representing 136 families, 613 genera, 67 subspecies and 63 varieties are documented. The ferns comprised 84 species, lycophytes seven, gymnosperms six and angiosperms were 1163 taxa. This represents 17.9% of the Kenyan taxa, 1.7% of the African taxa and 0.3% of all the vascular plants known in the world. A total of 18 taxa were endemic and 14 taxa were found to be threatened globally. The life form, voucher specimen(s), habitat and distribution range of each taxon and a brief analysis of taxa diversity is presented in this checklist. This is the first comprehensive inventory of vascular plants in the entire Aberdare Ranges, providing a solid basis for more sustainable management and improved conservation of this montane forest. The checklist is also an important contribution to the world checklist of plants required by the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

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                PhytoKeys
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                03 June 2020
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                Affiliations
                [1 ] CAS Key Laboratory of Plant Germplasm Enhancement and Specialty Agriculture, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430074, Hubei, China National Museums of Kenya Nairobi Kenya
                [2 ] University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Beijing 100049, China Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Wuhan China
                [3 ] Sino-Africa Joint Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430074, Hubei, China University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing China
                [4 ] East African Herbarium, National Museums of Kenya, P.O. Box 45166 00100, Nairobi, Kenya Sino-Africa Joint Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences Wuhan China
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Guangwan Hu ( guangwanhu@ 123456wbgcas.cn )

                Academic editor: T. Almeida

                Article
                48042
                10.3897/phytokeys.149.48042
                7286935
                Solomon Kipkoech, David Kimutai Melly, Benjamin Watuma Muema, Neng Wei, Peris Kamau, Paul Muigai Kirika, Qingfeng Wang, Guangwan Hu

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                Funded by: Chinese Academy of Sciences 501100002367 http://doi.org/10.13039/501100002367
                Categories
                Catalogue
                Angiospermae
                Gymnospermae
                Lycopodiophyta
                Monilophytes
                Catalogues and Checklists
                Africa

                Plant science & Botany

                checklist, conservation, floristic surveys, plant diversity, world flora

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