Matisia grandifolia 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Malvales Malvaceae

Scientific Name: Matisia grandifolia Little
Common Name(s):
Spanish Molinillo

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A4c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Santiana, J. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A tree endemic to Ecuador's coastal forests. Uncommon in wet coastal forest of the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas, and the ENDESA and Río Palenque private reserves. It is locally highly abundant in the Parque Nacional Machalilla, in the San Sebastián area (Josse 1996), and the Cordillera Chongón Colonche in Guayas (Valverde 1991). In this last locale, during the coastal fog season fruits are abundant, and seeds germinate at a high rate (Becker and Bonifaz 1997). The species is also protected in the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas. The principal threats are colonization, the wood industry and mining, all of which fragment habitat. According to J. Fernández-A. (pers.comm.) the Guayas collections possibly represent a different, undescribed species (X. Cornejo, pers. comm.).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Matisia grandifolia is endemic to Ecuador, occurring in Esmeralda, Guayas, Manabí, Pichancha and Los Rios provinces.
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Humid coastal forest (0–1,000 m).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Principal threats are colonization, the wood industry, and mining, all of which fragment habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Known to occur within protected areas.

Citation: Santiana, J. & Pitman, N. 2003. Matisia grandifolia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43199A10780557. . Downloaded on 23 June 2018.
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