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Aloe ukambensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA LILIALES ALOACEAE

Scientific Name: Aloe ukambensis
Species Authority: Reynolds

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(ii,v); C2a(i) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2006-11-04
Assessor/s: Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project Participants
Reviewer/s: Beentje, H., Gereau, R., Kabuye, C., Kalema, J., Luke, Q., Lyaruu, H., Maunder, M., Mwachala, G., Ndangalasi, H., Njau, F., Schatz, G. & Wabuele, E. (East African Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
The species has an area of occupancy of less than 2,000 km², is known from fewer than ten locations which are severely fragmented, the population size is estimated to be less than 10,000 mature individuals with fewer than 1,000 in each subpopulation. There is also projected continuing decline due to habitat disturbance through the collection of rocks and direct exploitation by collectors, hence is listed as Vulnerable.
History:
1997 Endangered (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from Ndi Hill, Mbinzau Hill and Katumba Hill in the Chyulu Hills area of southeastern Kenya.
Countries:
Native:
Kenya
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Population [top]

Population: Very common locally at two localities, but in other places only a few individuals are found.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Grows on rock slabs in dry succulent vegetation with Euphorbia, Commiphora, Lannea, etc. The surrounding vegetation is deciduous woodland.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Is a desirable species to succulent collectors because of the dark red colour of the flowers and the leaves are striated. Rocks are also collected in these areas for building purposes which may have an impact on the habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Has been recorded from one locality on or near the boundary of Tsavo East National Park, hence probably also occurs within the protected area.

The species is in cultivation.
Citation: Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project Participants 2009. Aloe ukambensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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