Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Fabales Leguminosae

Scientific Name: Astragalus abnormalis
Species Authority: Rech.f.
Taxonomic Notes: Astragalus abnormalis is included in the section Incani (Mehrabian et al. 2007)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2010-06-11
Assessor(s): Contu, S.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C.
Astragalus abnormalis is currently only known from two specimens (Koelz #15768, Rioux and Golvan #001901) collected respectively in 1940 and 1960. There is no data about its ecological preference, population size, trends and possible threats. Further research and field work is required to better understand the distribution range and health of this species and to make sure that it is still extant.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Astragalus abnormalis is endemic to Iran.
Countries occurrence:
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1680
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Population [top]

Population: There is no data about population size and dynamics for this species at present.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A. abnormalis is a perennial herb which grows in mountain areas. The species is believed to occur in the Zagros Mountains forest steppe ecoregion (Olson et al. 2001).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Agricultural cultivation, overgrazing and over-harvesting of woody vegetation for fuel have contributed greatly to the reduction in areas of natural vegetation in the ecoregion where the species is believed to occur and continue to pose significant threats to the natural vegetation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures specifically for A. abnormalis, and the species is currently known to occur in only one protected area (Oshtran Kuh Protected Area). Samples of seed of A. abnormalis should be collected and stored as an ex situ conservation measure.

Citation: Contu, S. 2012. Astragalus abnormalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T19892029A20007986. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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