Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Cycadopsida Cycadales Zamiaceae

Scientific Name: Zamia purpurea
Species Authority: Vovides, J.D.Rees & Vázq.Torres

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A4abcd ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-31
Assessor(s): Vovides, A., Chemnick, J. & Gregory, T.
Reviewer(s): Donaldson, J.S. & Bösenberg, J.D.
Qualifies as at least Endangered due to an estimated decline of 50-70% over the past three generations and an estimated population size of 2,000 mature individuals. Ongoing decline is expected to exceed 80% over three generations so it has been assessed as Critically Endangered under criterion A4.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2003 Endangered (EN)
1998 Endangered (E)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from a very few localities in Oaxaca and Veracruz (Uxpanapa district), Mexico.
Countries occurrence:
Mexico (Oaxaca, Veracruz)
Lower elevation limit (metres): 100
Upper elevation limit (metres): 500
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Population [top]

Population: The population at Once in Veracruz consists of 100 plants.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals: 2000
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species grows in mainly evergreen or nearly evergreen rainforest as an understorey plant, generally in limestone outcrops and on rainforest floor.
Systems: Terrestrial
Generation Length (years): 30

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction as a result of clear cutting for crops and grazing has had an effect on the plants in the wild.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Vovides, A., Chemnick, J. & Gregory, T. 2010. Zamia purpurea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T42137A10663702. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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