Tournefortia obtusiflora 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Lamiales Boraginaceae

Scientific Name: Tournefortia obtusiflora Benth.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) A2c; B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
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Assessor(s): Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
This treelet, endemic to Ecuador and known from a single collection in Guayaquil in the first half of the nineteenth century, is a strong candidate for the Extinct category. Forests around Guayaquil, now the largest city in Ecuador, have been totally destroyed since the species' discovery. Unless a detailed search of the Tournefortia specimens in the Guayaquil herbaria turns up a new record, the only thing left of the species may be a botanical specimen in the London Museum. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.
Date last seen: 19th century

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Tournefortia obtusiflora is endemic to Ecuador. It is known only from a single collection from Guayas province. This tree may already be extinct due to habitat loss.
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Dry coastal forest (0–500 m).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss is the main threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: A search for this species required to confirm its continued existence.

Citation: Pitman, N. 2003. Tournefortia obtusiflora. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43206A10784913. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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