Hypericum corsicum 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Malpighiales Hypericaceae

Scientific Name: Hypericum corsicum Steud.
Common Name(s):
French Millepertuis de Corse
Hypericum acutum ssp. corsicum (Godr.) Rouy & Foucaud
Hypericum quadrangulum ssp. corsicum (Godr.) Gamisans

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-12-02
Assessor(s): Hugot, L.
Reviewer(s): Ferchichi, H., Gammar-Ghrabi, Z., Grillas, P., Alegro, A., Petrovi?, D. & Garcia, N. (IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation)
Hypericum corsicum has stable populations and is currently not affected by the existing threats. Monitoring of the sites where the species is present, is carried out regularly. It is therefore considered as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Hypericum corsicum is a strict endemic species from Corsica of Eurasiatic origin. It is a common species in the central mountains of Corsica. Its extent of occurrence is more than 5,000 km² within which the area of occupancy is smaller than 500 km².
Countries occurrence:
France (Corsica)
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:500
Lower elevation limit (metres):780
Upper elevation limit (metres):1800
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Population [top]

Population:Hypericum corsicum is present at more than 46 sites in Corsica. The last observations at the sites of Monte Rotondo and Manganello took place in 2007. The populations seem to be affected by the hydrologic conditions, but there is no further information on the population dynamics. The populations don't seem to be threatened by the deterioration of their habitat.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species is found in "pozzine", edges of springs, at mountain rills from 780 m to 1,800 m altitude. This Hemicryptophyte grows on granite (granodiorite and monzogranite) and granitic or pyroclastic sediments.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Presently, the main threat to this species is drought. In the future, feral pigs could become a threat as well as the increase of forest due to abandonment of stock breeding.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is no legal protection for this species but some conservation measures are in place. It is included in the Red Book volume II, surveillance of the existing sites is done by guards from the Regional Natural Park of Corsica and the Botanical Conservatory of Corsica and search of new sites is being carried out.
Proposed actions are to follow-up of the dynamics of different populations, increase knowledge about the species biology, resilience, and conservation, and collect seeds for ex situ conservation.

Citation: Hugot, L. 2010. Hypericum corsicum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T163992A5685350. . Downloaded on 19 January 2018.
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