Origanum cordifolium


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Origanum cordifolium
Species Authority: (Montbret & Aucher ex Benth.) Vogel
Amaracus cordifolius Aucher et Montbret ex Benth.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-07-13
Assessor(s): Bilz, M.
Reviewer(s): de Montmollin, B., Cuttelod, A. & Peraza Zurita, M.D.
Origanum cordifolium is a small shrub endemic to Cyprus where it is found at five locations. The total population size is 6,400 individuals with an unknown trend. Main threats are forest fires and overgrazing by mouflon. It is therefore listed as Vulnerable D2.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Origanum cordifolium is endemic to Cyprus where it is known from five locations in the Roudias and Xeros valleys of the Pafos Forest. It grows at altitudes from 200-1,100 m asl (Tsintides et al. 2007). Extent of occurrence and area of occupancy are not known.
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Population [top]

Population: The population size is 6,400 individuals (Tsintides et al. 2007), the population trend is unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This small shrub reaches 40-60 cm height and grows rocks and cliffs, in Pinus brutia forest openings and in thin phrygana (Tsintides et al. 2007).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by forest fires and overgrazing by mouflon (Tsintides et al. 2007)

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Origanum cordifolium is listed under Appendix I of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention). It is listed as Vulnerable D2 in the national red list. The Pafos Forest, where the species is located, is a proposed Natura 2000 site (Tsintides et al. 2007).

Citation: Bilz, M. 2013. Origanum cordifolium. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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