Tournefortia pubescens


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Tournefortia pubescens
Species Authority: Hook.f.
Common Name(s):
English White-haired Tournefortia
Spanish Lengua de Ternera

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2005-12-31
Assessor(s): Tye, A. & Kling, M.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Sayer, C.
This species is common and widespread on a number of islands in the Galapagos. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found on Wolf (unconfirmed), Fernandina, Isabela (Wolf, Darwin, Alcedo unconfirmed, Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul), Santiago, Pinzon, Santa Cruz (+ Venecia), San Cristóbal (unconfirmed) and Floreana in the Galapagos. It occurs from near sea level to 1,350 m asl.
Ecuador (Galápagos)
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Population [top]

Population: There are 13 subpopulations. However, three are unconfirmed and there is some possibility of confusion with T. rufo-sericea. It is common and widespread. It may have declined on some islands through goat browsing, but seems resistant and resilient overall.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is an erect shrub of one to four metres in height. It is found in clay, cinders, sandy soil and among lava blocks and flows (Wiggins and Porter 1972), as well as in the arid, transition and wet zones in shrub and dry forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Goat browsing may have led to declines on some islands. However, generally the species appears resilient.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

The Galapagos Islands are almost entirely designated as a national park (El Parque Nacional de Archipiélago de Colon). In 1968, 97% of the land in the archipelago was included in the park. In 1978, it was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 1984, a UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve. 

Citation: Tye, A. & Kling, M. 2014. Tournefortia pubescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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