Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Fabales Leguminosae

Scientific Name: Erythrina sacleuxii
Species Authority: Hua

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-09-03
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC East African Plants Red List Authority
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Maunder, M.
The area of occupancy of this species is likely to be within the threshold for Vulnerable (i.e. under 2,000 km²), however, the number of locations is much larger than ten and the population is not severely fragmented hence it does not qualify for a Vulnerable listing. However, there is likely to be some decline in the population because of the variety of threats in this coastal zone and trees are almost certainly being cleared along with the rest of the habitat, although it is sometimes left as a relict in plantations. It is listed as Near Threatened as it almost qualifies for a threatened status under criterion B2ab(iii).
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from southeastern Kenya, through Tanzania to Zanzibar and Pemba Islands. Occurs from sea level up to an altitude of about 450 m.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 240
Upper elevation limit (metres): 450
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Population [top]

Population: This is a locally common species with a stable population.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A scattered tree growing in a variety of habitats including grassland, bushland, open woodland, and semi-deciduous and evergreen coastal forest. Is also found as a relic in coconut and mixed plantations.
Systems: Terrestrial
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The wood is sometimes used to make drums, but this is not likely to pose a threat.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The coastal zone is impacted by a number of threats - clearing of habitat for plantations (coconut and casuarina), Jatropha, general crops, and urban expansion.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded from a number of protected areas including the Witu Forest Reserve, Shimba Hills National Reserve, Pande Game Reserve and Selous Game Reserve.

Citation: IUCN SSC East African Plants Red List Authority. 2012. Erythrina sacleuxii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T34635A2853710. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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