Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Bromeliales Bromeliaceae

Scientific Name: Pitcairnia fusca
Species Authority: H.Luther

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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)
A hemiepiphytic and terrestrial bromeliad endemic to Ecuador where it is widely distributed in the western Andean forest and especially in Pichincha province. Known from six populations, frequently forming dense groups of shrubby remnants on roadsides. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network but may occur inside the Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas, and two subpopulations are protected in the Maquipucuna private reserve. The species' apparently adaptability to different habitats reduces its vulnerability. One of X. Cornejo's specimens mentions that the plant is used to feed guinea pigs which are raised for food in this part of Ecuador.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Pitcairnia fusca is endemic to Ecuador. It is widely distributed in Azuay, Bolívar, Carchi, Imbabura and Pichincha provinces.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species' apparently adaptability to different habitats reduces its susceptibility to threats in the region.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N. 2003. Pitcairnia fusca. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43291A10788143. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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