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Ephedra khurikensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA GNETOPSIDA EPHEDRALES EPHEDRACEAE

Scientific Name: Ephedra khurikensis
Species Authority: P.Sharma & P.L.Uniyal
Taxonomic Notes: This species is named after the place of occurrence where it was first located, Khurik (District Spiti) in Himachal Pradesh.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-06-02
Assessor(s): Bachman, S.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Lutz, M.L.
Justification:
There is very little known about the status of this recently described species. Further surveys in the area of the type collection and surrounding region should be made to determine population size and status. No known threats are apparent at present, but a rating of Data Deficient is suggested until further information on the population can be obtained.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ephedra khurikensis is found in the western Himalayas (Himachal Pradesh), India.
Countries:
Native:
India (Himachal Pradesh)
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Population [top]

Population: The population size is not known.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A shrub, found growing in open ground in dry gravel soil of Khurik (District Spiti) above 2,800 m. Flowering is from July to August and it produces seeds from August to September (Sharma et al. 2010).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The stems of most members of this genus contain the alkaloid ephedrine and are valuable in the treatment of asthma and many other complaints of the respiratory system (Plants for a Future 2010).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The known occurrence of E. khurikensis is in close proximity to several protected areas including the Pin Valley National Park. No collections are known to have been made for ex situ conservation.

Citation: Bachman, S. 2011. Ephedra khurikensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 July 2014.
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