Blepharis spiculifolia


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Blepharis spiculifolia
Species Authority: Balf.f.
Taxonomic Notes: Synonym = Blepharis spiculifera Juss.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Miller, A.
Reviewer(s): Abuzinada, A.H. & AL-Eisawi, D.M.H. (Arabian Plants Red List Authority)
A rare species, with a very limited area of occupancy.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Soqotra.
Yemen (Socotra)
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Coastal plains and foothills of Northeast Soqotra where it is often abundant in Croton socotranus shrubland and succulent shrubland. Altitude of 50–100 m.

A low intricately branched shrub apparently endemic to Northeast Soqotra. It is distinguished by its narrow, spine-tipped leaves which often bear one or two marginal spines. Vollesen (2000) comments that B. spiculifera is a most remarkable species which has a number of seemingly primitive traits. It is the sole member of subgenus Ebracteata Vollesen which is endemic to Soqotra. Vollesen suggests that B. spiculifolia could be a primitive forerunner to sect. Blepharis.
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Miller, A. 2004. Blepharis spiculifolia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 26 March 2015.
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