Tacinga braunii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Tacinga braunii Esteves
Taxonomic Source(s): Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2010-06-02
Assessor(s): Taylor, N.P., Zappi, D., Machado, M. & Braun, P.
Reviewer(s): Goettsch, B.K. & Chanson, J.S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Bilz, M.
This species is listed as Vulnerable because it has a very restricted extent of occurrence (EOO = 1,515 km²), there are probably only six locations (certainly less than 10), and it is experiencing declines due to habitat destruction.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Rio Jequitinhonha valley, north-eastern Minas Gerais in Brazil (Taylor and Zappi 2004). It occurs from 170 - 350 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Brazil (Minas Gerais)
Additional data:
Number of Locations:6
Lower elevation limit (metres):170
Upper elevation limit (metres):350
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:The species is locally abundant although it is only found in one river valley. The population trend is declining.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This cactus species is considered a south-eastern caatinga (inselberg) element, it grows on gneiss/granite outcrops/inselbergs (Taylor and Zappi 2004). This plant is a semi-creeping shrub. Its generation length is around 10 years.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes
Generation Length (years):10

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Mining of the granite outcrops is the main threat for Tacinga braunii. Destruction of the surrounding caatinga for agricultural activities (crops and cattle ranching) pose an additional threat to the species. African pasture grasses (Brachiaria ssp., Pennisetum ssp., Bromus ssp.) are planted in the area for cattle fodder, and this is also affecting the populations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is propagated ex situ. It is not found in any protected areas.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The species distribution map has been included.

Citation: Taylor, N.P., Zappi, D., Machado, M. & Braun, P. 2017. Tacinga braunii (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T40911A121557984. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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