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Napoleonaea lutea - This is a 5-10m tall tree species that is endemic to Nigeria. It was first discovered in 1804, the same year its namesake (Napoleone di Buonaparte) crowned himself emperor of the French. It flowers grow directly off the branches, and are a creamy-white and red colour. The florets are comparable to an umbrella, and the pollen is shed from the hanging flower. Potential pollinators for this species are small, slender insects that find shelter within the flowers. This species is poorly documented and no conservation efforts are currently in place to preserve this species. However it is known to be threatened by habitat loss - oil operations in the area are causing extensive damage, to the habitat, if not its complete destruction.