Aetheolaena hypoleuca


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

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

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
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)
A subshrub endemic to Ecuador, known only from an 1851 collection in an unknown locale of Pichincha province. The Critically Endangered or Extinct categories are suggested by the large-scale deforestation of this well-explored province, and the lack of new records in nearly 150 years ago. 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 only from a collection in an unknown locale of Pichincha province.
Possibly extinct:
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A subshrub of Subtropical/Tropical high altitudinal grassland (4,000–4,500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Large-scale deforestation

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Aetheolaena hypoleuca. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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