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Androcorys oxysepalus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Orchidales Orchidaceae

Scientific Name: Androcorys oxysepalus
Species Authority: K.Y.Lang

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2009-01-09
Assessor(s): Cockel, C.
Reviewer(s): Rankou, H.
Justification:
Given that there is only one specimen (Type) held at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, which is insufficient to estimate abundance based on GIS data, and little additional information about Androcorys oxysepalus, a threat status of Vulnerable D2 is appropriate at this time. The range of this species appears to be relatively small, added to which this area seems to be under some pressure from human activities. Such circumstances may warrant a higher threat category in the future. Further surveys are required to confirm the distribution range and to estimate numbers of individuals.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Mt. Tianbao, NW Yunnan, China.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
China (Yunnan)
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):3700
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Population [top]

Population:The population size is unknown.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in conifer forests. Flowers are small and green and appear in August.
Systems:Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: No information available.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although commercial logging has ceased in the Yunnan province, illegal logging is still widespread, and much of the flora at higher altitudes is threatened by indigenous tourism.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The one specimen of this species collected in 1981 is held at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. This was collected only a few miles from the 2,083 ha Ramsar-listed Napahai Wetland. Although such habitat is unlikely to be suitable to this species of orchid, the protected area status does extend protection to surrounding areas, including forests. Also located in this region is the UNESCO World Heritage Area - Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, consisting of eight protected areas covering 1.7 million ha. Such a high profile protected area should afford some protection for all species, including orchids.

Citation: Cockel, C. 2013. Androcorys oxysepalus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T44392451A44461202. . Downloaded on 26 July 2017.
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