Indigofera intricata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Fabales Fabaceae

Scientific Name: Indigofera intricata Boiss.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2010-08-23
Assessor(s): Lopez Poveda, L.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C.
Indigofera intricata has been described as a slow-growing and graze-sensitive. However, it has a wide range of distribution and the population is believed to be stable at present, therefore, is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Species distributed in Middle East, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, South Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Somalia.
Countries occurrence:
Iran, Islamic Republic of; Oman; Pakistan; Qatar; Somalia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):500
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Population [top]

Population:The total population size of this species is not known. However, recent surveys in 2009 suggest 20 plants from United Arab Emirates, from Sharjah, in the middle of its range (MSBP 2010).
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Indigofera intricata is a procumbent to postrate perennial herb which occurs in gravel plain, in association with Panicum, Crotalaria, Convolvulus and date palms (MSBP 2010).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Some of the native species in the United Arab Emirates are important due to their natural adaptation to the local environment (arid desert climate), such as this species. They will be of great value for various uses such as the rehabilitation of degraded rangelands, landscaping and others, (Rao and Shahid, 2008). The species has been also collected due to its medicinal importance (Nadaf et al. 2003).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This taxon is not considered to be affected by any major threats across its whole range, however, it is grazing-sensitive (Barker 2008) and it is present in areas which are subjected to intense grazing in Somalia.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) has prepared a plan to collect and conserve the native species of economic importance in which list I. intricata is included. Due to its natural adaptation to the arid desert climate, important to collect and conserve this species among others to be able to use them in future mitigation and rehabilitation plans (Rao and Shahid 2008). Seeds have been collected as part of the Millennium Seed Bank Project. It is not known to occur in any Botanical Garden.

Citation: Lopez Poveda, L. 2012. Indigofera intricata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T19893053A20084880. . Downloaded on 24 April 2018.
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