Puya exigua 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Bromeliales Bromeliaceae

Scientific Name: Puya exigua
Species Authority: Mez

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A4c 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 terrestrial bromeliad endemic to Ecuador. Known from three subpopulations in the Matanga paramos, on the Jimbura-Zumba road and in the shrubby paramo vegetation between Yangana and Valladolid. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network but additional subpopulations may be discovered in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus, especially in the Cerro Toledo area. The principal threats are fires set by humans and the conversion of forests to croplands. Considered Endangered in the 1997 IUCN Red List (Walter and Gillett 1998). Now, with more available information, the species is classified as Critically Endangered. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Endangered (E)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Puya exigua is endemic to Ecuador. It is known from three subpopulations in Azuay and Loja provinces.
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend: Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: High altitude, humid paramos (3,000–3,500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The principal threats are fires set by humans and the conversion of forests to croplands.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Manzanares, J.M. & Pitman, N. 2003. Puya exigua. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43307A10793003. . Downloaded on 02 December 2015.
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