Rhopalocarpus alternifolius

Rhopalocarpus alternifolius is a tree in the family Sphaerosepalaceae. It is endemic to Madagascar.

Rhopalocarpus alternifolius
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Sphaerosepalaceae
Genus: Rhopalocarpus
R. alternifolius
Binomial name
Rhopalocarpus alternifolius
  • Sphaerosepalum alternifolius Baker

Distribution and habitatEdit

Rhopalocarpus alternifolius is known only from populations in the northern and northeastern regions of Diana, Sava, Alaotra Mangoro, Analanjirofo and Atsinanana.[3] Its habitat is humid evergreen and dry deciduous forests from sea-level to 1,000 m (3,300 ft) altitude. Some populations are within protected areas.[1][3]


Rhopalocarpus alternifolius is threatened by shifting patterns of agriculture. Because the species is used as timber, subsistence harvesting is also a threat.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Members of the IUCN SSC Madagascar Plant Specialist Group (2015). "Rhopalocarpus alternifolius". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2015: e.T70102248A70119265. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T70102248A70119265.en.
  2. ^ a b "Rhopalocarpus alternifolius". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 13 Oct 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Rhopalocarpus alternifolius". Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Madagascar. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 13 Oct 2016 – via Tropicos.org.