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Nicotiana africana

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA SOLANALES SOLANACEAE

Scientific Name: Nicotiana africana
Species Authority: Merxm.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Craven, P.
Reviewer(s): Victor, J.E. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Southern African Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
Nicotiana africana is assessed as Least Concern. The RAMAS® Red List version 2.0 software package was used to make this assessment.

This species is known from 5–10 subpopulations with extent of occurrence estimated at 3,125 km². No serious threats are known at present and the population is believed to currently be stable.
History:
1998 Vulnerable (Oldfield et al. 1998)
1998 Vulnerable
1997 Rare (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: An unusual wild tobacco species confined to the Brandberg, Erongo and Spitzkuppe Mts. in northern Namibia. Occurs where there is some protection from human activities and browsing by livestock.
Countries:
Native:
Namibia
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Population [top]

Population: Nothing is known about its reproductive strategy and few young plants have been seen. Cross-pollination between the isolated localities appears to be impossible, but there are no signs of any genetic decline.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs as a shrub or small tree of 2.5 m in very arid karroid shrubland in a semi-desert/desert environment, usually in inaccessible, shady areas between huge granite boulders.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although the species has a restricted range, and a disjunct distribution, no serious threats are known at present.

Citation: Craven, P. 2004. Nicotiana africana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 October 2014.
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