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Aster quitensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA ASTERALES COMPOSITAE

Scientific Name: Aster quitensis
Species Authority: Willd. ex Spreng.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) 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 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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known from a single collection. According to the poor label information, the type was collected near Quito.
Countries:
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): 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.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Aster quitensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 October 2014.
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