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Polylepis reticulata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA ROSALES ROSACEAE

Scientific Name: Polylepis reticulata
Species Authority: Hieron

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A4c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Romoleroux, K. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
A tree endemic to Andean Ecuador. Four of the 13 known subpopulations are inside Ecuador’s protected areas network: one each in the Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas; the Parque Nacional Cajas; the Parque Nacional Llanganates; and the Reserva de Producción Faunística Chimborazo. In the Parque Nacional Cajas a quantitative inventory recorded between 80 and 330 stems > 2.5 cm of the species in tenth-hectare samples (F. Serrano, pers. comm.). Some trees grow on roadsides, where they are exposed to pollution and deforestation. The only type was apparently destroyed in the Berlin herbarium during the Second World War, but photos survive in international herbaria. The species remains in the Vulnerable category proposed in 1998 (Oldfield et al. 1998).
History:
1998 Vulnerable (Oldfield et al. 1998)
1998 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This Ecuadorian endemic is found in Napo, Pichincha, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, and Azuay Provinces.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Cloud forest between 2,850 and 4,300 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Romoleroux, K. & Pitman, N. 2004. Polylepis reticulata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 November 2014.
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