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Begonia asympeltata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA VIOLALES BEGONIACEAE

Scientific Name: Begonia asympeltata
Species Authority: L.B.Sm. & Wassh.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A2c; B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Assessor/s: Quintana, C. & 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, where it is known from only the type collection, made at the Hacienda Clementina, Cerro Samama, Los Ríos province. The species may persist in some remnants of wet coastal forest or maybe in the Reserva Ecológica Manglares-Churute, but intensive agriculture in the area has destroyed most of its habitat. Considered Critically Endangered due to its small geographical range and because it is completely outside of Ecuador’s protected areas network. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Begonia asympeltata is endemic to Ecuador. It is known only from one population in Los Rios province.
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Native:
Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Humid coastal forest (150 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur inside any protected areas.
Citation: Quintana, C. & Pitman, N. 2003. Begonia asympeltata. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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