Begonia xerophyta 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Cucurbitales Begoniaceae

Scientific Name: Begonia xerophyta
Species Authority: L.B.Sm. & Wassh.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii); D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Quintana, C. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
An annual herb endemic to Ecuador's southern Andes, where it is known from three collections, the most recent made in 1997. Populations have been found in Celica, Gonzanamá and Vilcabamba, all of them in Loja province. Probably not well collected because it is an annual herbaceous plant. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network. The principal threats are small-scale mining and deforestation. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Begonia xerophyta is endemic to Ecuador. It is known from three collections, all from Loja province.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Low Andean forest (1,500–2,000 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Principal threats are small-scale mining and deforestation.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Quintana, C. & Pitman, N. 2003. Begonia xerophyta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43179A10777410. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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