Authors: Pitman, Nigel C. A.; White, Dawson M.; Andino, Juan Ernesto Guevara; Couvreur, Thomas O. P.; Fortier, Riley P.; Zapata, Jose Nicolas; Cornejo, Xavier; Clark, John L.; Feeley, Kenneth J.; Johnston, Mark K.; Lozinguez, Alix; Rivas-Torres, Gonzalo
Publication: PhytoKeys
Year: 2022
Genera: Gasteranthus

We report the rediscovery of the Critically Endangered cloud forest herb Gasteranthus extinctus, not seen since 1985. In 2019 and 2021,  G.  extinctus  was recorded at five sites in the western foothills of the Ecuadorian Andes, 4–25 km from the type locality at the celebrated Centinela ridge. We describe the species’ distribution, abundance, habitat and conservation status and offer recommendations for further research and conservation efforts focused on G.  extinctus and the small, disjunct forest remnants it occupies.