Guzmania lepidota


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Guzmania lepidota
Species Authority: (Andrè) Andrè ex Mez

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
An epiphytic bromeliad endemic to Ecuador where it is known only from the type collection, recorded in dense Andean forest at the base of Pululahua volcano near Niebli in June 1876. The area has been completely deforested for charcoal production and croplands. The lack of collections in the last 123 years suggest that the species may be extinct. 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: Guzmania lepidota is endemic to Ecuador. It is known only from the type collection from Pichincha province. The species has not been collected in over 123 years and may already be extinct.
Possibly extinct:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The area the type was collected from has been completely deforested for charcoal production and croplands.

Citation: Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N. 2003. Guzmania lepidota. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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