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This species is accepted, and its native range is South Sudan to NE. DR Congo.

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Vollesen, K. (2007). Synopsis of the Species of Acanthus (Acanthaceae) in Tropical East and Northeast Africa and in Tropical Arabia. Kew Bulletin, 62(2), 233-249. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/20443348

Conservation
The last known specimen of this species was collected in 1945. The species was not observed by Friis & Vollesen during field work in the Imatong Mts, Sudan in 1980 and 1982, but those expeditions did not reach the western side of the mountains where the two Sudanian collections were made. The border areas between Congo, Sudan and Uganda have been politically unstable since the 1970's and no field work has been done in these parts since then. Political unrest is, paradoxically, often beneficial to the grassland vegetation as it inevitably decreases the amount of agricultural disturbance. On the other hand it usually increases the amount of forest disturbance as illegal logging is used as a way to pay for weapons. This species is basically a grassland/forest margin species and is therefore not likely to have suffered greatly. Possibly vulnerable (VU) but also currently very Data Deficient (DD) due to inability to obtain information.
Distribution
Sudan, Congo (Kinshasa), ? Uganda (see note).
Ecology
Tall grassland and scrub at margins of lowland forest, Combretum wooded grassland; 1025 - 1200 m.
Note
Lwanga (1996: 27) records "Acanthus arborescens (pubescens)" as occurring in the Agoro-Agu Forest Reserve on the Uganda side of the Imatong Mts. Considering the total distribution of A. seretii it is entirely probable that it occurs here and also elsewhere in northwestern Uganda. It is, however, also possible that this is a misidentification of A. eminens or even A. polystachius.
Type
Congo (Kinshasa), Niangara to Gumbari, Seret 446 (holotype BR!). A photograph of the holotype is at K.

Native to:

Sudan, Zaïre

Acanthus seretii De Wild. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Ann. Mus. Congo Belge, Bot., sér. 5, 3: 271 (1910)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

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