Native Plants

Helosis ruficeps

EN
Endangered
Malaysia Plant Red List
Peninsular Malaysia 2021
EN
Endangered
Peninsular Malaysia Plant Red List *
2010
* Assessed according to the IUCN Red List Categories & Criteria Version 3.1
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SSN 38615
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Taxonomy

The taxonomic status is pending for approval

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Description

Helosis ruficeps is a monoecious plant that belongs to the family Balanophoraceae. It does not have scale leaves. The tuber grows horizontally and measured at least 15 cm long and 0.5-1 cm diameter. The inflorescences are deep rosy red, measuring 2.75-10 cm long. The flowers are embedded in a dense layer of nectariferous hairs. The male flowers are measured around 2.5 mm long and grouped in pairs while the female flowers are measured around 2-3 mm long and it did not have perianth.

The genus is derived from the Greek word, meaning a nail, which is referring to the peltate bracts. Meanwhile, the species epithet is derived from two Latin words, rufus meaning reddish, and –ceps meaning –headed, this is referring to the inflorescence.

This plant is narrowly endemic in Peninsular Malaysia. It occurs on hill forests between 100 m and 1,300 m altitude. The conservation status of this species is endangered because the localities are disturbed or are vulnerable to disturbance (Kiew, 2010).

Habitats

No Description Suitability Seasonality
1
Forest → Lowland Dipterocarp Forest (Malayan, Burmese)
Unknown Unknown
2
Forest → Upper Hill Dipterocarp Forest
Approximately 762-1219 m (2500-400 ft) above sea level in inland ranges; 609-914 m (2000-3000 ft) in isolated mountains and coastal ranges
Unknown Unknown
References : http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/classification-schemes/habitats-classification-scheme-ver3

Assessment

Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2021 Malaysia Plant Red List
Endangered (EN)
Peninsular Malaysia
N/A
2010 Peninsular Malaysia Plant Red List
Endangered (EN)
N/A

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Ahmad Aldrie Amir (Dr.)
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Asyraf Mansor (Dr.)
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Chan Yoke Mui (Dr.)
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Chong Ju Lian (Dr.)
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Nor Ezzawanis Abdullah Thani (Mrs.)
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
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Nur Kyariatul Syafinie Abdul Majid (Ms.)
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Nur Supardi Md Noor (Dr.)
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Rusea Go (Prof. Dr.)
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
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Tam Sheh May (Dr.)
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Tan Swee Lian (Dr.)
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Acknowledgements :- Ms. Ajla Rafidah Baharom, Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Mr. Badrul Amin Bin Jaffar, Ms. Nur Farahin Binti Mustafa, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Mrs. Sarah Nabila Binti Rosli, Ms. Siti Zubaidah Binti Abdul Latif, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

Photo credit :- E. Soepadmo

Species Citation :- Helosis ruficeps. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via https://www.mybis.gov.my/sp/38615. [Retrieved 14 August 2022].

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