Mortoniodendron (Mortoniodendron uxpanapense)

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Illustration of Mortoniodendron uxpanapense by Alice Tangerini

Species: Mortoniodendron uxpanapense
Common Name: Mortoniodendron
Status: Newly described, not yet listed. Using IUCN criteria it is critically endangered.
Range: Mexico

Map of Mexico illustrating the range of Mortoniodendron uxpanapense

Artist: Alice Tangerini
Artist Home Country: United States
Medium: Pen, brush, and ink

Re-evaluating plant collections made in the 1980s, scientists described this plant as a new species in 2004. The illustrator used herbarium specimens (dried and pressed plants) at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to draw the scientific plant dissection.

A specimen of Mortoniodendron (Mortoniodendron uxpanapense) from the museum's herbarium collection:

National Herbarium preserved specimen of Mortoniodendron uxpanapense