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Begonia tropaeolifolia

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA VIOLALES BEGONIACEAE

Scientific Name: Begonia tropaeolifolia
Species Authority: A. DC.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Assessor/s: Quintana, C. & 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 two collections, recorded apparently in the nineteenth century between Paccha and Puente Grande in the Cordillera de Suchiquilla, and between Chorita and Portovelo, both in the province of El Oro. The principal threats are deforestation and conversion of vegetation remnants to croplands and pasture. 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: Begonia tropaeolifolia is endemic to Ecuador. It is known only from two subpopulations in El Oro province.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Low Andean forest (1,000–2,430 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Principal threats are deforestation and conversion of vegetation remnants to croplands and pasture.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur in any protected areas.
Citation: Quintana, C. & Pitman, N. 2003. Begonia tropaeolifolia. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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