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Schizolaena parviflora

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Malvales

Familia: Sarcolaenaceae
Genus: Schizolaena
Species: Schizolaena parviflora

Schizolaena parviflora

Schizolaena parviflora is a tree in the family Sarcolaenaceae. It is endemic to Madagascar. The specific epithet parviflora is from the Latin meaning "small flowers".


Schizolaena parviflora grows as a tree up to 20 metres (70 ft) tall. Its inflorescences are small and dense. The involucre is glabrous.[3] It is thought to attract lemurs, bats and birds who in turn disperse the tree's seeds. The fruit is considered edible.[1]
Distribution and habitat

Schizolaena parviflora is known only from the northern regions of Diana and Sofia.[2] Its habitat is subhumid forests from sea-level to 500 m (1,600 ft) altitude.[1] Some subpopulations of the species are in protected areas.[2]

The timber of Schizolaena parviflora is used in construction and as firewood. It is also used to make charcoal.[1]

Schizolaena parviflora is threatened by deforestation due to shifting patterns of agriculture. The species is also threatened by timber harvesting and wildfires.[1]

Members of the IUCN SSC Madagascar Plant Specialist Group (2016). "Schizolaena parviflora". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T69222076A69237813. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T69222076A69237813.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
"Schizolaena parviflora". Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Madagascar. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2 December 2016 – via
Lowry II, Porter P.; Schatz, George E.; Leroy, Jean-François; Wolf, Anne-Elizabeth (Jan 1999). "Endemic families of Madagascar. III. A synoptic revision of Schizolaena (Sarcolaenaceae)". Adansonia. 3. Paris: Publications Scientifiques du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. 21 (2): 204, 206. Retrieved 2 December 2016.

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