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Cecropia velutinella

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA URTICALES CECROPIACEAE

Scientific Name: Cecropia velutinella
Species Authority: Diels

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Romero-Saltos, H. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
A tree endemic to Ecuador where at least three subpopulations are known on the eastern slopes of the Andes. The type specimen, destroyed in Berlin during the Second World War, was collected in Mera, Pastaza. The two other subpopulations are reported from Morona -Santiago, to the east of Logroño, in the lower part of the Cordillera de Cutucú, and at kilometer 15 of the Limón-Gualaceo road. Last collected in 1981. Not know to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network, but may be present in the Parque Nacional Sangay and in foothill forests < 1,000 m in Pastaza. The intensive deforestation of the Upano valley either decreased its population or created new areas of habitat, because it is a pioneer species. In the indigenous Shuar language the tree is called "suu".

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Cecropia velutinella is endemic to Ecuador. It is known from three subpopulations in Morona-Santiago and Pastaza provinces.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: High, and possibly low, Andean forest (1,000–1,700 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The intensive deforestation of the Upano valley either decreased its population or created new areas of habitat, because it is a pioneer species.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Romero-Saltos, H. & Pitman, N. 2003. Cecropia velutinella. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 September 2014.
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