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Gladiolus rupicola

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA LILIALES IRIDACEAE

Scientific Name: Gladiolus rupicola
Species Authority: Vaupel

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-04-25
Assessor(s): Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project
Reviewer(s): Beentje, H., Gereau, R., Kabuye, C., Kalema, J., Luke, Q., Lyaruu, H., Maunder, M., Mwachala, G., Ndangalasi, H., Njau, F. & Schatz, G. (East African Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
Although there are few collections of this species, this is most likely to be an artefact of collecting rather than scarcity. It is a widespread species, is presumably locally common and there are no major threats at the high altitudes and places where it grows. Hence is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from the Taita Hills and Kasigau (Kenya), southwards into Tanzania on the Usambara, Uluguru, Udzungwa mountains as far south as Nyengenge waterfall.
Countries:
Native:
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Unknown but presumably locally common. Has probably not been collected that often because one needs to be there at the time when it flowers.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Grows in or above the ericaceous forest, also in moorland and grassland, usually on ridge tops. Has bright pink/red flowers, and is sometimes found growing on tree trunks or mossy rocks.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Is known to occur in a number of protected areas including: Kasigau Forest Reserve, Shagaya Forest Reserve, Mwanihana Forest Reserve, Uluguru National Park and the Udzungwa Mountain National Park.

Citation: Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project 2009. Gladiolus rupicola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 October 2014.
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