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Erythroxylum sechellarum

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA LINALES ERYTHROXYLACEAE

Scientific Name: Erythroxylum sechellarum
Species Authority: O.E.Schulz

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2007-02-01
Assessor(s): Ismail, S., Huber, M.J. & Mougal, J.
Reviewer(s): Gibbs, D. & Lutz, M.L.
Justification:
Erythroxylum sechellarum is wide spread over several inner Seychelles islands. It has a healthy population with good regeneration and no threats affecting its performance. It is therefore listed as Least Concern.
History:
1998 Vulnerable (Oldfield et al. 1998)
1998 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is endemic to the Seychelles, and it has been recorded from Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette, La Digue, Aride, Curieuse, Félicité and Thérèse (Robertson 1989, Friedmann 1994, Hill 2002). The total area of these islands is 233 km² (National Statistics Bureau 2005).
Countries:
Native:
Seychelles (Seychelles (main island group))
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Population [top]

Population: Wide spread over several islands and no decline in the population size suspected. More than 10,000 mature individuals in the total population.

In 1994, this species was found in 51 areas out of total 73 areas of special conservation value of the granitic islands of Seychelles (Carlström 1996). This indicates the broad distribution of this species. It is most probable that the species still occurs in these areas.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Shrub or small tree, up to 8 m tall, occurring in forest and on exposed rocky outcrops from near sea level to 850 m asl, but scarcer at the higher elevations (Carlström 1996). The species is most probably dispersed by frugivores (Kronauer 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is not threatened at the moment. The habitat of the species might be affected by fire, infrastructure development and introduced invasive species. Despite these threats the species is still abundant and is reproducing well.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in Morne Seychellois and Praslin National Parks, in St. Anne and Curieuse Marine National Parks, and the Aride Strict Nature Reserve.

Citation: Ismail, S., Huber, M.J. & Mougal, J. 2011. Erythroxylum sechellarum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
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