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Colpodium chionogeiton

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA CYPERALES GRAMINEAE

Scientific Name: Colpodium chionogeiton
Species Authority: (Pilg.) Tzvel.
Taxonomic Notes: Synonyms = Agrostis chionogeiton Pilg.; Keniochloa hionogeiton (Pilg.) Meld.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Magombo, Z.L.K., Mbeiza Mutekanga, N. & Ndiritu, G.G. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment workshop, Uganda. Dec' 2003)
Reviewer(s): Luke, Q. & Malombe, I. (East African Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
Colpodium chionogeiton is a high altitude grass species known only from Mt Kenya (Kenya) and Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania). Although both subpopulations occur within protected areas, the species is restricted to high altitude moorland alongside streams (4,250–4,850 m asl). It is known from less than five locations and the species is susceptible to potential habitat loss due to climate change.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This grass is endemic to East Africa. It is known from Kenya (Mt Kenya) and Tanzania (Mt Kilimanjaro). Total range area of the species is not known. Population size and trends are unknown.
Countries:
Native:
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in upland moor along stream sides, on moist ground (4,250–4,850 m asl).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Current threats to the population are unknown. However, this is a high altitude species and its habitat potentially is threatened by climate change.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The known range lies within protected areas.

Citation: Magombo, Z.L.K., Mbeiza Mutekanga, N. & Ndiritu, G.G. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment workshop, Uganda. Dec' 2003) 2004. Colpodium chionogeiton. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 31 July 2014.
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