Selaginella sericea


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Selaginella sericea
Species Authority: A.Braun

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened 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 herb endemic to Ecuador, where at least 24 subpopulations are distributed widely across the country. Most of the records are in Pichincha province. Confirmed to grow in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus and may occur in the Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas. Impacted by habitat destruction. Nearly qualifies for listing as Vulnerable under criterion B.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: A widely distributed species found in the Ecuadorian provinces of Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Loja, Morona-Santiago, Pichincha and Zamora-Chinchipe.
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in humid Amazonian forest, coastal forest and high Andean forest (500–2,500 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Confirmed to grow in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus and may occur in the Reserva Ecológica Los Ilinizas.

Citation: Navarrete, H. & Pitman, N. 2003. Selaginella sericea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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