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Begonia socotrana

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA CUCURBITALES BEGONIACEAE

Scientific Name: Begonia socotrana
Species Authority: Hook.f.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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:
Sparsely distributed but abundant in certain niches (north-facing cliffs and shady gullies) in two vegetation types and covering a wide altitudinal range. It has an area of occupancy of substantially less than 100 km² but, because of its specialized niche, it is largely protected from grazing by livestock and from the destruction of its habitat. It is not liable to become threatened in the near future by the drying out of the Archipelago. Its relatively wide altitudinal range gives it the option of coping with gradual environmental change by migrating upwards.

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: Locally common on damp and shady cracks in north-facing cliffs and occasionally on soil under dense vegetation; restricted to limestone cliffs in semi-deciduous woodland (Reyged and Rewgid plateau) and on granite cliffs and pinnacles in montane woodland and shrubland across the Haggeher mountains. Altitude of 550–1,300 m.

First collected by Balfour in 1880. He brought plants back to Britain where it was crossed with southern African speices and rapidly became an important horticulturaly as the hybrid parent of a host of winter-flowering begonias.
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Miller, A. 2004. Begonia socotrana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 August 2014.
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