|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Hernández, C. & Pitman, N.
||Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A tree endemic to Ecuador, where it occurs in wet coastal forest. The four known subpopulations are in the ENDESA, Río Palenque and Bilsa private reserves and 1 km south of Santo Domingo. Although Pennington (1990) mentions that the species is common in Puerto Quito, the species is not frequent in Río Palenque (Dodson and Gentry 1978). Its forest habitat has largely been converted to croplands. In 1997, the IUCN proposed the Rare category and in 1998 the Near Threatened category (Oldfield et al. 1998, Walter and Gillett 1998). Considering the near-total reduction of its habitat over the last 50 years, Critically Endangered is a more suitable category. Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.
|Previously published Red List assessments:|
- 1998 – Lower Risk/near threatened (LR/nt)
- 1997 – Rare (R)