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Acmella leucantha

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA ASTERALES COMPOSITAE

Scientific Name: Acmella leucantha
Species Authority: (Kunth) R.K. Jansen

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A4c; D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Montúfar, R. & 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 found in Andean forests, dry vegetation in inter-Andean valleys and on the coast. Recorded in three Andean locales and one subpopulation on the Isla Puná. The Andean subpopulations are in Alausi and Huigra, in the Río Chanchán canyon, and in Guaranda. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network, but may occur in similar habitats in the Parque Nacional Machalilla. The principal threat for the Isla Puná subpopulations is deforestation. 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: Recorded in three Andean locales and one subpopulation on the Isla Puná, located within the provinces of Bolívar, Chimborazo and Guayas. The Andean populations are in Alausi and Huigra, in the Río Chanchán canyon, and in Guaranda.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A terrestrial herb of Andean forests, dry vegetation in inter-Andean valleys and the coast (0–2,500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation and habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Acmella leucantha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 December 2014.
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