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Pitcairnia elliptica

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA BROMELIALES BROMELIACEAE

Scientific Name: Pitcairnia elliptica
Species Authority: Mez & Sodiro

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A4c ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
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)
Justification:
A terrestrial bromeliad endemic to Ecuador. Padre L. Sodiro discovered the species approximately 100 years ago near the Río Toachi in the surroundings of La Palma and in Parambas, locales which are today almost entirely deforested. After the species was considered extinct 85 years later, a plant was found in primary forest near Maldonado, Carchi province. It was cultivated and flowered in Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, United States. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network. The principal threat is conversion of forest to croplands.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Pitcairnia elliptica is endemic to Ecuador, occurring in Cañar, Imbabura and Pichincha provinces.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Coastal forest to low Andean forest (500–2,000 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The principal threat is conversion of forest to croplands.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N. 2003. Pitcairnia elliptica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
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