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Aloe jucunda 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Liliales Aloaceae

Scientific Name: Aloe jucunda Reynolds

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-08-18
Assessor(s): Weber, O.
Reviewer(s): Beentje, H.J. & Hilton-Taylor, C.
Justification:
Aloe jucunda is a narrow endemic from northern Somalia. It only occurs on limestone in forest habitat which is showing extensive  signs of degradation (Carter et al. 2011). Considering the low number of collections from only three localities and the deterioration of the forest habitat of A. jucunda, it seems appropriate to assess it as Critically Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Aloe jucunda is found in the Hargeisa district in northern Somalia where it is confined to the upper slopes of the Gaan Libah plateau between 1,100 and 1,700 m.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Somalia
Additional data:
Number of Locations:3
Lower elevation limit (metres):1100
Upper elevation limit (metres):1700
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Population [top]

Population:This is a narrow endemic known from an area about 30 km across.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Aloe jucunda occurs in Juniperus-Buxus forest (Flora of Somalia) on limestone.
Systems:Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is circumstantial evidence that almost all Aloe species are used medicinally where they exist (PC14 Doc. 9.2.2 – p. 99).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The habitat of Aloe jucunda was showing signs of degradation in 1981 (S. Carter pers. comm.) and this has continued. This has been because of the impacts of intensive grazing by livestock, wood-cutting and charcoal burning (Carter et al. 2011).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Somalia does not have any protected areas. There are several plants of Aloe jucunda in cultivation at RBG Kew. No seeds have been stored in the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew.

Citation: Weber, O. 2013. Aloe jucunda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T201368A2702781. . Downloaded on 20 November 2017.
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