Brunellia ovalifolia


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Brunellia ovalifolia
Species Authority: Bonpl.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): León-Yánez, S. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A tree endemic to Ecuador where it is known from 11 subpopulations distributed in the southern Andes. Not known to occur in Ecuador’s protected areas network but could be present in the Parque Nacional Sangay and Podocarpus. It was previously listed as Vulnerable (VU B1+2c). The Near Threatened category is now merited based on better information about the extent of occurrence and the relatively large number of collections. Habitat destruction is the main threat.
1998 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Brunellia ovalifolia is endemic to Ecuador. It is known from 11 subpopulations in Azuay, Cañar, El Oro, Loja and Morona-Santiago provinces.
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: High Andean forest to high altitude, dry paramo (2,000–3,700 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction is the main threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.

Citation: León-Yánez, S. & Pitman, N. 2003. Brunellia ovalifolia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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