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Echidnopsis bentii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA GENTIANALES ASCLEPIADACEAE

Scientific Name: Echidnopsis bentii
Species Authority: N.E.Br. Ex Hook.f.

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)
Justification:
A rare species, with a very limited area of occupancy.

Geographic Range [top]

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

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: On soil beneath dense deciduous woodland on granite. Altitude of 500–700 m.

Distinguished by the deep maroon, cup-shaped flowers. The only species on the island to grow in the relatively wet conditions of the Haggeher mountains. Originally collected by Theodore Bent in the 19th century. Unfortunately, Bent died in Aden on his return from Soqotra and it was not known whether his collection was made on Soqotra or on the mainland. The mystery was only solved when the plant was rediscovered on the southern slopes of the Haggeher in 1998. It was found to be relatively common over a small area and flowering prolifically.
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Miller, A. 2004. Echidnopsis bentii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 November 2014.
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