Amaranthus brownii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Amaranthaceae

Scientific Name: Amaranthus brownii Christoph. & Caum
Taxonomic Source(s): Wagner, W.L., Herbst, D.R. and Lorence, D.H. 2005 onwards. Flora of the Hawaiian Islands website. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Bruegmann, M.M. & Caraway, V.
Reviewer(s): Maunder, M. (Plant Conservation Committee) & Dickinson, T. (Red List Programme Office)
Endemic to the island of Nihoa in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The island is part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and has an area of only 0.65 kmĀ². The total population size is estimated to be fewer than 50 mature individuals.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Only found on island of Nihoa, the population of A. brownii consists of 40 mature individuals.
Countries occurrence:
United States (Hawaiian Is.)
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:An annual herb of dry shrublands on rocky outcrops.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species may have experienced some decline due to disturbances resulting from Polynesian settlement of the island. Current threats include invasive alien weeds and landslides. The dry vegetation of Nihoa is also susceptible to accidentally set fires.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Federally and state listed as endangered. Occurs within U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge.

Citation: Bruegmann, M.M. & Caraway, V. 2003. Amaranthus brownii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T44077A10848741. . Downloaded on 24 May 2018.
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