Cycas papuana 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Cycadopsida Cycadales Cycadaceae

Scientific Name: Cycas papuana
Species Authority: F.Muell.
Cycas circinalis subsp. papuana (F.Muell.) J.Schust.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-31
Assessor(s): Hill, K.D.
Reviewer(s): Donaldson, J.S. & Bösenberg, J.D.
Abundant across a relatively wide area. However, frequent fires have prevented any recruitment so the population is likely to decline unless burning practices change. If burning practices don’t change, the species is likely to decline as mature plants die off and the species may qualify for listing as threatened under criterion A.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2003 Near Threatened (NT)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Papua New Guinea, where it is found in the western district, including the floodplains of the Fly river and near Daru to the west and still further to the Bensbach river.
Countries occurrence:
Papua New Guinea (Papua New Guinea (main island group))
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Population [top]

Population: This species is sporadic but widespread and in places it is sometimes locally abundant.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals: 10000-12000
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It forms sparse colonies in open grassy woodland and savanna, frequently growing with Kunai grass.
Systems: Terrestrial
Generation Length (years): 40

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species may be threatened as a result of being subjected to almost annual fires.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Hill, K.D. 2010. Cycas papuana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T42079A10622004. . Downloaded on 02 December 2015.
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