Artemisia genipi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Asterales Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Artemisia genipi Stechm.
Common Name(s):
French Genépi Noir

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-06-24
Assessor(s): Gygax, A., Montagnani, C., Gargano, D., Bernhardt, K.G., Jogan, N. & Gigot, G.
Reviewer(s): Bilz, M. & Lutz, M.L.
European regional assessment: Least Concern (LC)
EU 27 regional assessment:
Least Concern (LC)

This species is listed as Least Concern as it is common and widespread in the Alps. However, locally the collection for drink production and medicine can cause the reduction of the numbers and collection should therefore be controlled.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Artemisia genipi is endemic to the Alps and can be found in Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. There are unconfirmed samples from the Pyrenees.
Countries occurrence:
Austria; France (France (mainland)); Italy (Italy (mainland)); Liechtenstein; Slovenia; Switzerland
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1400
Upper elevation limit (metres):2500
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Population [top]

Population:The population is thought to be stable and the species is common.

In Austria, 100,000-1,000,000 individuals have been counted (Commission of the European Communities 2009). In Slovenia, there is only one small subpopulation, but Italy hosts many subpopulations and it is common in Switzerland.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

This plant prefers calcareous and moist rocky habitats from alpine up to subnival level (1,400 to more than 2,500 m altitude). It can be found in the following Habitats Directive listed habitats (Commission of the European Communities 2009):

  • 6170 Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands
  • 8120 Calcareous and calcshist screes of the montane to alpine levels (Thlaspietea rotundifolii)
  • 8110 Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsietalia ladani)
  • 8340 Permanent glaciers


Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is used in the production of drinks and is collected in the wild for medicinal use.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Locally, the collection for the use in drinks and medicine can affect this species. Mountaineering might be a potential threat as well as skiing tourism. Climate change might be a potential future threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Artemisia genipi is listed on Annex V of the Habitats Directive and collection of this species is controlled.

In some regions of Austria, a permission is needed to collect the species. In Switzerland, it is protected and classed as Least Concern. It is also protected in Slovenia and classed as Rare in the Red Data Book. In Italy, it is listed as Vulnerable at regional level. There is no national protection in France, but in some departements and collection is controlled in Hautes-Alpes. This plant is partially found in protected areas.

Citation: Gygax, A., Montagnani, C., Gargano, D., Bernhardt, K.G., Jogan, N. & Gigot, G. 2011. Artemisia genipi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T161987A5524086. . Downloaded on 25 May 2018.
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