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Aster quitensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Asterales Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Aster quitensis Willd. ex Spreng.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
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 known from a single collection, roughly 175 years old. According to the poor label information, the type was collected near Quito. No new collections have been made and the original population may be extinct due to the extensive destruction of vegetation remnants in the Quito valley and surrounding areas. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums. Habitat destruction is the main threat to the species.
Date last seen: 1820s
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Known from a single collection. According to the poor label information, the type was collected near Quito.
Countries occurrence:
Possibly extinct:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:A terrestrial herb of high Andean forest (2,500–3,000 m).
Systems:Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Original population may be extinct extensive destruction of vegetation remnants in the Quito valley and surrounding areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Amended [top]

Amended reason: Replaced Previous Threat Classification Scheme OLD 1 Habitat Loss/Degradation (human induced) with 5.3.5. Biological resource use -> Logging & wood harvesting -> Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2017. Aster quitensis. (amended version published in 2003) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T43128A116234807. . Downloaded on 13 December 2017.
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