|Scientific Name:||Blepharis spiculifolia|
|Taxonomic Notes:||Synonym = Blepharis spiculifera Juss.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1|
|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.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Soqotra.|
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|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.
|Citation:||Miller, A. 2004. Blepharis spiculifolia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 31 January 2015.|
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