Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Liliales Aloaceae

Scientific Name: Aloe brachystachys
Species Authority: Baker

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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)
Known from about five locations and although there do not appear to be any major threats at present, there are concerns that this restricted range species could be easily impacted by collectors in the future. Hence is listed as Vulnerable under criterion D2.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from the Nguru, Ukaguru  Mts and more recently its presence has been confirmed from the northeast Udzwunga Mts overlooking the Ruaha Dam (Q. Luke pers. comm.).
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
Number of Locations: 5
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1450
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2100
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Population [top]

Population: Numbers may be low.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Grows in moist forest on steep sided mountain with a heath at the top. The Udzwunga collection was on sheer cliff faces over-looking the Ruaha River valley.
Systems: Terrestrial
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Unknown

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: May be some medicinal use by local healers.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats known. May be some medicinal use by local healers but unlikely to have a major impact. Unknown if this species is sought after by succulent collectors.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Recorded from a number of protected areas: one locality within Kanga Forest Reserve; one locality within Talagwe Forest Reserve; and one locality near boundary of Milindo Forest Reserve.

Citation: Eastern Arc Mountains & Coastal Forests CEPF Plant Assessment Project Participants. 2009. Aloe brachystachys. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T158261A5192038. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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