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Begonia hitchcockii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA VIOLALES BEGONIACEAE

Scientific Name: Begonia hitchcockii
Species Authority: Irmsch.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered 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 only from the type, collected in Baños some time before 1949. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network, but may occur in the nearby Parque Nacional Sangay and Parque Nacional Llanganates. The principal threat is the conversion of vegetation remnants to croplands and pastures. 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 hitchcockii is endemic to Ecuador. It is known only from the type specimen, collected in Tungurahua province.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Low Andean forest (1,000–2,000 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Principal threat is the conversion of vegetation remnants to croplands and pastures.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur in any protected areas.
Citation: Quintana, C. & Pitman, N. 2003. Begonia hitchcockii. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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