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Farsetia socotrana

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA CAPPARALES CRUCIFERAE

Scientific Name: Farsetia socotrana
Species Authority: B.L.Burtt
Taxonomic Notes: Synonym = Farsetia prostrata Balf.f.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(i,ii,iii,iv) 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:
Farsetia socotrana is only known from three widely separated locations with a total area of occupancy of less than 500 km². Searches have failed to find it at its type locality suggesting a decline in its extent of occurrence. The coastal plains on Soqotra are the habitat most at risk from the recent developments proposed for the island. They are already showing the signs of decline in quality of habitat as people move from the interior to the coast. The site at which it is most abundant was until recently inaccessible by road. However, there are now development plans, which would severely threaten this delicate coastal habitat and place F. socotrana under the threat of extinction.

Geographic Range [top]

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

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Locally common in dwarf shrubland on the coastal plains of Soqotra and Samah. Altitude of sea-level to 50 m.

Sometimes grows with Lachnocapsa spathulata from which it can sometimes be difficult to separate in flower, however, the flowers of F. socotrana are white or pale lilac and those of Lachnocapsa are pale yellow.
Systems: Terrestrial
Citation: Miller, A. 2004. Farsetia socotrana. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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