Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Asterales Compositae

Scientific Name: Diplostephium ericoides
Species Authority: (Lam.) Cabrera

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
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Assessor(s): Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A shrub endemic to Ecuador, where it is widely distributed and locally abundant in the Andean region. Occurs in the Cayambe-Coca, Cotopaxi and Cajas protected areas, and additional subpopulations may be found in the Sangay, Cotacachi-Cayapas, Antisana, Chimborazo and Podocarpus protected areas. One atypical collection was made in wet coastal forest, which probably represents an introduced individual. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Widely distributed and locally abundant in the Andean region. Located within the Azuay, Cañar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Imbabura, Napo, Pichincha and Tungurahua provinces.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A shrub of high Andean forest and arid shrubland, found at an elevational range of 2,500–4,500 m.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Known to occur within the Cayambe-Coca, Cotopaxi and Cajas protected areas.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Diplostephium ericoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43396A10797145. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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