|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Abuzinada, A.H. & AL-Eisawi, D.M.H. (Arabian Plants Red List Authority)
In the Plant Red Data Book (Lucas and Synge 1978) Punica protopunica was considered Endangered. However, recent surveys have shown it to be widespread on the island and fairly common in places. Its total area of occupancy is probably around 100 km². It has a severely fragmented distribution with different subpopulations showing varying degrees of vigour. In some upland, plateau regions it becomes prostrate, in other areas it grows to a small tree. In some areas it is common and actively regenerates. However, over large areas the tree is absent except for small relict populations with no apparent regeneration. The foliage of this species is not browsed by livestock, nor is the tree lopped as drought fodder. The wood is of no importance, either as firewood or in construction, nor are the small, bitter fruit appealing as human or livestock food. Local expertise suggests that the population of this species (unlike Dracaena or Cadaba) is stable. The absence therefore indicates a decline in quality of habitat, but the reasons for this are uncertain.
|Previously published Red List assessments:|
- 1998 – Vulnerable (VU)
- 1997 – Endangered (E)
- 1978 – Endangered (E)