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Heliotropium derafontense

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA LAMIALES BORAGINACEAE

Scientific Name: Heliotropium derafontense
Species Authority: Vierh.
Taxonomic Notes: Heliotropium derafontense is a good species; placed in synonomy by mistake under H. shoabense.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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:
Recorded by Vierhapper from Jebel Derafonte. Description based largely on fruiting characters and the form of the calyx, corolla and stigma. Certainly, across Soqotra there is a great deal of variation between the four Soqotran species (H. riebeckii Schweinf. and Vierh., H. socotranum Vierh., H. shoabense Vierh. And H. derafontense Vierh.) and "morpho-types" in different areas can be distinguished by a mosaic of characters including flower colour, leaf shape, differences in indumentum and inflorescence structure. Unfortunately, the characters used by Vierhapper for distinguishing species (especially nutlet characters) are unreliable and do not correlate with geographically distributed "morph-types".

No material has been seen, so its status is uncertain. The type is apparently lost.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Soqotra (recorded from Jebel Derafonte).
Countries:
Native:
Yemen (Socotra)
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Miller, A. 2004. Heliotropium derafontense. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 July 2014.
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