Carica omnilingua


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Carica omnilingua
Species Authority: V.M.Badillo
Common Name/s:
Spanish Col De Monte

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A4c; B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Assessor/s: Romero-Saltos, H. & 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 known from a single population, collected in 1943 by Steyermark in forested creeks near the Río Palma, a tributary of the Río Amarillo, northeast of Zaruma. In this area of the country, which is not officially protected, deforestation and the conversion of native forest to croplands are the biggest threat. Additional populations may occur in the remnant forests of the Cordillera de Tioloma. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Carica omnilingua is endemic to Ecuador. It is known from a single population in El Oro province.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation and the conversion of native forest to croplands are the biggest threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.
Citation: Romero-Saltos, H. & Pitman, N. 2003. Carica omnilingua. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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