Magnolia kachirachirai 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Magnoliales Magnoliaceae

Scientific Name: Magnolia kachirachirai
Species Authority: (Kaneh. & Yamam.) Dandy
Michelia kachirachirai Kaneh. & Yamam
Micheliopsis kachirachirai (Kaneh. & Yamam.) H.Keng
Parakmeria kachirachirai (Kaneh. & Yamam.) Y.W.Law

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(i,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2007-04-02
Assessor(s): Global Tree Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Oldfield, S.
Magnolia kachirachirai is classified as Endangered based on its extent of occurrence of 2,158 km2, its severely fragmented population and occurrence at less than five locations. Further research is required on the population declines and conservation efforts should focus on protecting the remnant individuals. The area of its habitat has significantly declined and deteriorated due to increased human settlement and urbanisation in Taiwan.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Endangered (EN)
1998 Endangered (E)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Magnolia kachirachirai is a species at the most southerly limit of the family’s range, in southern Taiwan, from Taitung to the Hengchun Peninsula. The potential forest area  remaining for this species, used here as an estimate of the extent of occurrence, is 2,158 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Taiwan, Province of China
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): Yes
Number of Locations: 1-5
Lower elevation limit (metres): 500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1300
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Population [top]

Population: Subpopulations of Magnolia kachirachirai are healthy but fragmented and are declining outside of the national park.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Yes

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Magnolia kachirachirai is found in areas of evergreen broad-leaved forests growing up to 20 metres tall.
Systems: Terrestrial
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Magnolia kachirachirai is grown as an ornamental tree and is used for timber.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The encroachment of human settlements and urbanisation are causing loss of habitat for Magnolia kachirachirai.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Magnolia kachirachirai currently exists in very few ex situ collections (two collections in China) and is therefore still a priority for any new collections. Kenting National Park covers part of this species' range.

Citation: Global Tree Specialist Group. 2014. Magnolia kachirachirai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T31261A2802780. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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