Sinapidendron sempervivifolium 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Brassicales Brassicaceae

Scientific Name: Sinapidendron sempervivifolium Menezes
Taxonomic Source(s): The Plant List. 2017. The Plant List. Version 1.1. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: The genus Sinapidendron is endemic to Madeira and is part of the brassica complex.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered D (Regional assessment) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-03-23
Assessor(s): Kell, S.P.
Reviewer(s): Kell, S.P. & Nieto, A.
Contributor(s): Carvalho, M.
Sinapidendron sempervivifolium is endemic to the island of Deserta Grande where its extent of occurrence (EOO) is no more than 10 km2, its area of occupancy (AOO) is no greater than 1 km2, and the population comprises less than 250 mature individuals. Although it has a restricted distribution and the population is quite small, the removal of rabbits and goats from the habitat of the species has allowed the population to recover. However, until the population shows a significant increase in the number of mature individuals, it is assessed as Endangered under criterion D. If grazing was reinstated in the habitat, it would also qualify for Vulnerable D2 due to the very restricted AOO. Long term monitoring of the population and habitat should be carried out to ensure that the species continues to thrive following the removal of grazing animals.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Deserta Grande in the Madeira archipelago (Buord and Lesouëf 2006) where its extent of occurrence (EOO) is no more than 10 km2 and its area of occupancy (AOO) is no greater than 1 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Portugal (Madeira)
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:1
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Population [top]

Population:The population comprises less than 250 mature individuals. Since the elimination of rabbits and goats from the habitat of this species, it has been able to recover (Buord and Lesouëf 2006).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a perennial, herbaceous to suffrutescent shrub that grows in rocky areas (Warwick et al. 2009).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is a potential gene donor to cultivated Brassica species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It was threatened in the past by grazing of introduced species (rabbits and goats) (Buord and Lesouëf 2006). Landslides are a continuing local threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: S. sempervivifolium is listed in Annex I of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). The species occurs within the Natura 2000 network.

No germplasm accessions of S. sempervivifolium are reported by EURISCO to be held in European genebanks (EURISCO Catalogue 2010). Germplasm collection and duplicated ex situ storage is a priority for this species.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: An errata assessment has been produced to amend the growth form of the species (M. Rivers. pers. comm. 2017).

Citation: Kell, S.P. 2011. Sinapidendron sempervivifolium (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T165227A115870710. . Downloaded on 21 July 2018.
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