Pereskia quisqueyana 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Pereskia quisqueyana Alain
Taxonomic Source(s): Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.
Taxonomic Notes: No taxonomic issues.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-07-27
Assessor(s): Gann, G.D. & Griffith, P.
Reviewer(s): Chanson, J.S.
This species is listed as Critically Endangered because it is only known from one location and the habitat has been extirpated.  The species is surviving due to conservation measures to protect the plants.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Dominican Republic (Hunt et al. 2006). It is known from a single locality near Bayahibe. It is naturally rare and is found in a single, extremely small and exposed habitat on a shoreline near a village with sand beaches (Leuenberguer 1986).
Countries occurrence:
Dominican Republic
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:10
Number of Locations:1
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Population [top]

Population:Pereskia quisqueyana is naturally rare. No additional information is available about the population of this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found at sea level in coastal thickets on coral limestone and sand. When the species was originally described, only sterile material was known (Liogier 1980), and the plants were assumed to be staminate only.  Flowering was observed in March and July (Leuenberger 1986).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: No information is available on the use or trade of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): International trade in wild-collected specimens is not considered a threat (CITES 2007).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

Pereskia quisqueyana is being managed in an integrated in situ and ex situ conservation program by the Jardin Nacional Santo Domingo (Garcia et al. 1999). Local schools are involved in monitoring and propagation efforts. Garcia et. al (1999) now report that the species is setting fruit. An introduction at a nearby site is currently planned (G. Gann pers. comm. 2011). 

Citation: Gann, G.D. & Griffith, P. 2013. Pereskia quisqueyana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T151927A577173. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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