Achyranthes splendens var. splendens


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Achyranthes splendens var. splendens
Parent Species:
Common Name(s):
English Maui Chaff Flower

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) 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) & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Red List Programme Office)
Achyranthes splendens var. splendens has an extent of occurrence less than 20,000 km², the population is severely fragmented and there is continuing decline in both extent and quality of habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The var. splendens is still a fairly common plant on Maui, and has been collected on Lana'i in the past but is no longer present on that island. Current populationsize and number of subpopulations is unknown.
United States (Hawaiian Is.)
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in low elevation, open, dry forest remnants and open thickets, on talus or rocky slopes, and on coralline plains (Wagner et al. 1999). On west Maui and Lanai: on rocky gulch slopes. On east Maui: old lava flows.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats include goats, cattle, competition from alien invasive plants and fire.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Considered to be of conservation concern.

Citation: Bruegmann, M.M. & Caraway, V. 2003. Achyranthes splendens var. splendens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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