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Aetheolaena cuencana

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA ASTERALES COMPOSITAE

Scientific Name: Aetheolaena cuencana
Species Authority: (Hieron.) B.Nord.
Taxonomic Notes: Treated by some authors under the genus Lasiocephalus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened 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 vine endemic to Ecuador, where it is known from several subpopulations in the Andes, especially on the slopes of Volcán Pichincha and around the Quito valley. The species has been recorded in the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa and potentially may occur in other upper Andean protected areas in Ecuador. Most of the collections have been reported in wet areas along roads or trails. The number of collections reported in the last 20 years is very small, but the species may be widely distributed in disturbed areas or in remnants of Andean native vegetation. 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: Known from several subpopulations in the Andes, especially on the slopes of Volcán Pichincha and around the Quito valley.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A vine of high Andean forest and high altitude shrubland (2,000–4,000 m). Most of the collections have been reported in wet areas along roads or trails.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species has been recorded in the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Aetheolaena cuencana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 September 2014.
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