Juniperus gamboana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Juniperus gamboana
Species Authority: Martínez

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-05-26
Assessor(s): Farjon, A.
Reviewer(s): Thomas, P. & Adams, R

Distribution data for Chiapas based on herbarium specimens are fairly complete, for Guatemala, no data were found but Adams (2011) mentions one locality in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes. With this included, the area of occupancy is well under 500 km² (144 km² with a grid width of 3 km) and deforestation and conversion of lands to grazing pastures are inferred to cause a continuing decline (e.g. Adams, 2011, p. 174). The taxon must be very rare in Guatemala. On these grounds it meets the criteria for Endangered under B2.

1998 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from southern Mexico (Chiapas) and Guatemala (Huehuetenango).
Guatemala; Mexico (Chiapas)
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Population [top]

Population: Small regional distribution; subpopulations are assumed to small and localized.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in the understorey of, or mixed with other trees in Quercus-Pinus-Juniperus forests, bearing many epiphytes indicating frequent fog conditions, on often rocky soil types; also in open pine forest, e.g. with Pinus oocarpa, where J. gamboana attains greatest size. The known altitudinal range is 1,820-2,200 m a.s.l.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: No uses have been recorded.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Due to its very limited range (most collections known are from Chiapas, Mexico) in an area which suffers rapid deforestation, the species is likely to have suffered a significant reduction in its area of occupancy (AOO) as well as its overall numbers of mature trees. The situation in Guatemala with this species is poorly known, but it must be very rare as a search for herbarium specimen data yielded none from that country.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has not been recorded from any protected area.

Citation: Farjon, A. 2013. Juniperus gamboana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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