Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Sapindales Meliaceae

Scientific Name: Cedrela odorata
Species Authority: L.
Common Name(s):
English Spanish Cedar, Cigar-box Wood, Red Cedar
French Acajou-bois, Acajou Rouge, Cedrat
Spanish Cedro Rojo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A1cd+2cd 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)
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Near Threatened (nt)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Large individuals have become scarce, especially in Amazonia.
Countries occurrence:
Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Barbados; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Mexico (Quintana Roo); Montserrat; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: One of the world's most important timber species. It occurs in humid or dry lowland forest, preferring well-drained soils.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Exploitation has continued on a large scale over the past 200 years and the species is now widely threatened at the provenance level. Trees are often cut opportunistically while other species, such as mahogany, Amburana and Machaerium, are being sought-after. Natural regeneration is generally good, but there are reports of trees being felled before they reach maturity.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Subpopulations are protected within national parks and agricultural landscapes. Attempts are being made to establish plantations throughout the tropics.

Citation: Americas Regional Workshop (Conservation & Sustainable Management of Trees, Costa Rica, November 1996). 1998. Cedrela odorata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1998: e.T32292A9687734. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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