|Scientific Name:||Begonia socotrana|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Abuzinada, A.H. & AL-Eisawi, D.M.H. (Arabian Plants Red List Authority)|
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.
|Range Description:||Endemic to Soqotra.|
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|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.
|Citation:||Miller, A. 2004. Begonia socotrana. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 May 2013.|
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