Aloe kilifiensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Liliales Aloaceae

Scientific Name: Aloe kilifiensis
Species Authority: Christian

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(ii,iii)+2ab(ii,iii) 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)
Has a small extent of occurrence and area of occupancy to qualify for an Endangered listing, is known from only five locations and there is continuing decline due to loss of extant and quality of habitat as a result of human activities.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Endangered (E)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Occurs along the southern Kenyan coast and discovered more recently on the northern Tanzanian coast near Tanga.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 499
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO): Yes
Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2: 4999
Number of Locations: 5
Lower elevation limit (metres): 3
Upper elevation limit (metres): 380
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Population [top]

Population: Locally common in places.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An acaulescent succulent growing in Acacia bushland on shale soils, on coral rocks and on white gritty soils.
Systems: Terrestrial
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: A decoction of the leaves is taken for an enlarged spleen, causing vomiting and diarrhoea (Carter 1994).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is considerable habitat disturbance in this area due to agricultural expansion and other human activities in this coastal zone. Sought after by succulent collectors because of the striking flower colour.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Is known to occur in the Shimba Hills Nature Reserve, but there is no other in situ protection.

Is widely grown.

Citation: Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project Participants. 2009. Aloe kilifiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T158221A5190802. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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