Echinopsis ancistrophora 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Echinopsis ancistrophora Speg.
Taxonomic Source(s): Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A4ad ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2010-09-22
Assessor(s): Ortega-Baes, P. & Lowry, M.
Reviewer(s): Goettsch, B.K., Superina, M. & Chanson, J.S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Abba, A.M.

Echinopsis ancistrophora is listed as Vulnerable because a population decline of 30% is estimated over a timespan of 30 years (generation length estimated to be 10 years), taking into account both the past and the future. It has a relatively wide range but field observations made over the last 10 years indicate that the population is steadily declining due to expanding agriculture and extraction for ornamental use.

Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in Argentina (Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán) and Bolivia (Tarija and Chuquisaca), at elevations of 600 to 2,500 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán); Bolivia, Plurinational States of
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):600
Upper elevation limit (metres):2500
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This species is locally abundant but is intensively used for ornamental purposes. It has a patchy distribution. Field observations made over the last 10 years indicate that the populations are steadily declining
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Yes
Extreme fluctuations:NoPopulation severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species grows in many habitat types, such as grasslands, shrublands, and forests.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is used for ornamental purposes.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threats to this species are urbanization, agriculture and extraction for ornamental use. 

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This cactus occurs in the protected area Sierra Aguarague, Tarija, Bolivia. It is not present in any protected area of Argentina.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The species distribution map has been included.

Citation: Ortega-Baes, P. & Lowry, M. 2017. Echinopsis ancistrophora (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T152130A121459530. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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