Cycas seemannii 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Cycadopsida Cycadales Cycadaceae

Scientific Name: Cycas seemannii
Species Authority: A.Braun
Cycas circinalis L. subspecies seemannii (A. Braun) J.Schust.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2cd+4cd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-31
Assessor(s): Hill, K.D.
Reviewer(s): Donaldson, J.S. & Bösenberg, J.D.
Listed as Vulnerable based on a  decline in habitat as a result of agriculture and use as a landscape plant. Decline is estimated as >30% over the past three generations (120 years) and is expected to continue.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2003 Vulnerable (VU)
1998 Rare (R)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs on several of the Fijian Islands, on Vanuatu, the Tonga Island group and New Caledonia. Recorded from sea level up to 600 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Fiji; New Caledonia; Tonga; Vanuatu
Upper elevation limit (metres): 600
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals: 10000-12000
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is common on stabilized coastal dunes developed on coral sand or coral limestone, less commonly on basaltic loams and other heavier soil types. Drier areas on rocky open slopes and ridges.
Systems: Terrestrial
Generation Length (years): 40

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Plants are used for ornamental purposes. Seeds are ground and made into a type of bread and the fresh male cones are said to be edible.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): A great deal of its habitat has been replaced by agriculture, yet, many plants are still encountered in patches of undisturbed forest.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix II of the CITES Appendices.

Citation: Hill, K.D. 2010. Cycas seemannii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T42064A10641249. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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