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Ceroxylon echinulatum

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA ARECALES PALMAE

Scientific Name: Ceroxylon echinulatum
Species Authority: Galeano

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A4cd; D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S., Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority) & Maunder, M. (Palm Red List Authority)
Justification:
A palm endemic to Ecuador, where it is known from two isolated subpopulations on the eastern Andean slopes, at 1,500–2,000 m elevation. The northern subpopulation occurs in disturbed areas and pastures near Cosanga, in Napo province; the southern subpopulation was discovered in Zamora-Chinchipe province. The species is known to have dense populations in disturbed areas, and could occur in the secondary forests near El Chaco, not far from Cosanga. Not known to occur in Ecuador’s protected areas network but could be in the Sumaco-Napo-Galeras, Antisana, Cayambe-Coca and Podocarpus protected areas. The principal threats are deforestation and the destructive harvest of its leaves for artistic use in Easter celebrations.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known from two isolated subpopulations on the eastern Andean slopes of Ecuador. The northern subpopulation occurs in disturbed areas and pastures near Cosanga, in Napo province; the southern subpopulation was discovered in Zamora-Chinchipe province.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in low Andean forest (1,500–2,000 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats are deforestation and the destructive harvest of its leaves for artistic use in Easter celebrations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur in Ecuador’s protected areas network but could be in the Sumaco-Napo-Galeras, Antisana, Cayambe-Coca and Podocarpus protected areas.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Ceroxylon echinulatum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 November 2014.
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