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Podocarpus sprucei

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA PINOPSIDA PINALES PODOCARPACEAE

Scientific Name: Podocarpus sprucei
Species Authority: Parl.
Common Name(s):
Spanish Guabisay, Romerillo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-07-05
Assessor(s): Thomas, P. & Farjon, A.
Reviewer(s): Gardner, M. & Mill, R.
Justification:
Heavy exploitation of mature trees for timber, ongoing since at least 1945, is causing a continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO) and number of mature individuals. Due to a limited AOO here estimated as ca. 350 km² with 5 km grid squares around 14 localities (=4-5 locations which are severely fragmented) and this decline it meets the necessary criteria under B2 for listing as Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from Ecuador and northern Peru (Piura).
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: The population is in decline due to logging and deforestation.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Podocarpus sprucei is a high montane to subalpine species growing in cloud forest up to the tree line, at altitudes from 1,800 m to 3,900 m a.s.l. Only in forests at lower altitudes does it become a tree to 20 m tall.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The wood of this species is much in demand and trees are logged from primary forest often unsustainably due to scarcity and slow growth. It is used in house construction and to make furniture as it takes a fine polish. This species is also planted as an ornamental in parks in Ecuador

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overexploitation for timber has been a problem since at least 1945. Selective felling, not only of this species, leads to forest degradation and is followed by the conversion of forest for agriculture and pastoralism. Remaining forests are increasingly fragmented. Few trees remain in Peru (Vicuña-Miñano 2005) and there have been significant declines in Ecuador (Kuptz et al. 2010).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in Chimborazo National Park, Equador. A limited amount of research has been initiated to examine the possibilities of enrichment plantings within degraded areas (Kuptz et al. 2010).

Citation: Thomas, P. & Farjon, A. 2013. Podocarpus sprucei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 15 September 2014.
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