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Astelia waialealae

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA LILIALES ASTELIACEAE

Scientific Name: Astelia waialealae
Species Authority: Wawra

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Bruegmann, M.M. & Caraway, V.
Reviewer(s): Maunder, M. (Plant Conservation Committee) & Dickinson, T. (Red List Programme Office)
Justification:
Astelia waialealae is endemic to the montane bogs on the central plateau of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii. Three subpopulations have been recorded, with probably less than 10 mature individuals. In recent years most of the bogs have been heavily damaged by feral pigs. Alien weeds also pose a threat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Found only within the Alakai Swamp area of Kauai. Three subpopulations are known, with a total population of probably less than 10 mature individuals. clones but all but one or two declining rapidly in vigor.
Countries:
Native:
United States (Hawaiian Is.)
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A rhizomatous perennial herb of montane bogs set within wet forests in the cloud zone on the central plateau of the island.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In recent years most of the bogs have been heavily damaged by feral pigs. Alien weeds also pose a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: All remaining individuals are within small fenced, weeded, and monitored areas.

Citation: Bruegmann, M.M. & Caraway, V. 2003. Astelia waialealae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 September 2014.
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