From 28th Feb. to 12 March 2019, with my PhD student Léo-Paul and Université de Yaoundé I student Narcisse Kamdem, we traveled for two days to the far East of Camereroon, 60 km south of Yokadouma.
There were very few collections of Annonaceae from this region. The roads were in bad state and the rainy season was upon us. This led to a hard field trip. Luckily we were hosted by ALPICAM who were very generous and helpful. A lot of trees had fallen on the raod so at one point we were lumberjacks rather than botanists. But fate was on our side as several of the fallen trees were Annonaceae in flower or fruit!
Together with Terry Sunderland, and in collaboration with my PhD student Suzanne Mogue, we just published the Flore du Gabon Palms treatment. 34 species are described in French and illustrated, in addition to easy keys to all Gabonese species.
it can be ordered through Margraf Publishers:
Thomas Couvreur, researcher in tropical biodiversity evolution