Liquidambar styraciflua


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Liquidambar styraciflua
Species Authority: L.
Common Name(s):
English Sweet Gum

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: The species distribution is fragmented, subpopulations occur in southern U.S.A., 800 km to the north of the subpopulations in Tamaulipas in Mexico.
Belize; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico (Chiapas, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Veracruz); Nicaragua; United States
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Population [top]

Population: In USA the species is abundant and the abandonment of farmlands may potentially result in rising subpopulation numbers.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to the subpopulations elsewhere is increasing conversion of the habitat for agriculture and grazing, which can prevent regrowth. The timber is harvested for international trade mainly from the lower Mississippi valley. In Honduras balsam is tapped from the trees for commercial application.

Citation: Americas Regional Workshop (Conservation & Sustainable Management of Trees, Costa Rica, November 1996) 1998. Liquidambar styraciflua. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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