Agathis flavescens Ridl.

Araucariaceae

Only known from two mountains in Peninsular Malaysia where the total population is thought to be less than 1000 mature individuals.

Distribution

Restricted to the tops of two mountains in Peninsular Malaysia: Gunung Tahan (Taman Negara) and Gunung Rabong (Kelantan). The total extent of occurrence is estimated to be 65km². Less than 1000 individuals are likely to exist in three separate localities.

Habitat and Ecology

The species occurs in lower and upper montane forest on quartzite soils at elevations of 1200–2100m. Individuals frequently display yellowing leaves suggestive of poor nutrient conditions.

Conservation Status

Global status

Vulnerable D1

Global rationale

Agathis flavescens is only known from two mountains in Peninsular Malaysia. The total population is estimated to be less than 1000 mature individuals. No specific threats have been identified and no decline has been recorded to date. However, its small population size means that it falls within the thresholds for listing as Vulnerable.

Global threats

No specific threats have been identified for this species. However, as it has such a restricted distribution and small population size it could easily become threatened in the future.

Conservation Actions

The total population is protected under the Permanent Forest Estate.