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Justicia riopalenquensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA SCROPHULARIALES ACANTHACEAE

Scientific Name: Justicia riopalenquensis
Species Authority: Wassh.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Assessor/s: Delgado, T. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer/s: Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
A terrestrial herb endemic to Ecuador. One of seven species endemic to Ecuador named after the Río Palenque private reserve, where it was discovered during an intensive botanical inventory in the 1960s. Currently known from at least six subpopulations, some of them inside cacao plantations and disturbed areas. In 1997 the species was listed as Rare. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Found within the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, El Oro, Pichincha and Los Rios. Currently known from at least six subpopulations, some of them inside cacao plantations and disturbed areas.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A terrestrial herb of moist lowland and moist montane forest, found at an elevational range of 70–1,890 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.
Citation: Delgado, T. & Pitman, N. 2003. Justicia riopalenquensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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