Schinopsis balansae 

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Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Sapindales Anacardiaceae

Scientific Name: Schinopsis balansae Engl.
Common Name(s):
English Red Quebracho
Spanish Quebracho Colorado, Quebracho Colorado Chaqueño, Quebracho Colorado Santafesino

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Lower Risk/least concern ver 2.3
Year Published: 1998
Date Assessed: 1998-01-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Americas Regional Workshop (Conservation & Sustainable Management of Trees, Costa Rica, November 1996)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Quebracho is the national tree of Argentina.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Brazil; Paraguay
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Population [top]

Population:The species, remains common over large areas.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species is a characteristic component of the Gran Chaco, especially in the eastern humid plains. It apparently takes 120 years for the species to reach maturity.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is a source of timber and more importantly tannin. Quebracho forest has declined by 65% over the past 80 years through logging and clearance for cattle ranching and agriculture. Exploitation in the present day does not reach pre-1954 levels, but overselection of fit individuals has resulted in large areas of forest (80,000 km² in the dry Chaco subregion) being dominated by unproductive small bushes. More than 40,000 km² of forest is thought to have become totally degraded through overgrazing by cattle.

Citation: Americas Regional Workshop (Conservation & Sustainable Management of Trees, Costa Rica, November 1996). 1998. Schinopsis balansae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1998: e.T32017A9674191. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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