Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Polypodiopsida Polypodiales Blechnaceae

Scientific Name: Blechnum floresii
Species Authority: (Sodiro) C.Chr.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Navarrete, H. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S., Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority) & Jermy, C., Ranker, T. (Pteridophyte Red List Authority)
A terrestrial fern endemic to Ecuador, where it is known from two sites on the western side of the Andes. Both subpopulations are in Pichincha province, one near the confluence of the Toachi and Pilatón rivers, and the other in forest remnants of El Paraíso and Saguangal. Potentially present in neighboring provinces and inside the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas and the Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas. The main threat is habitat destruction due to agricultural activities.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known from two sites in Pichincha province, Ecuador.
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend: Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Coastal forest to humid submontane low Andean forest (500–1,500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction for agricultural expansion is the main threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur in any protected area.

Citation: Navarrete, H. & Pitman, N. 2003. Blechnum floresii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43593A10809012. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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