Lachnocapsa spathulata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lachnocapsa spathulata
Species Authority: Balf.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)
A rare species, with a very limited area of occupancy.

Geographic Range [top]

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

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Locally common in dwarf shrubland on desertic coastal plains and parts of the limestone plateau near the sea. Altitude of sea-level to 700 m.

This cushion-forming subshrub has attractive pale yellow flowers and densely white-hairy fruits which can be difficult to distinguish from the fleshy leaves. It has a rather scattered distribution on Soqotra but can be locally abundant (for instance at Faleng). It was recorded from near Qallansiyah by Balfour in the 19th Century but has not seen there recently (cf Taverniera sericophylla and Farsetia socotrana). It is relatively common on Samha, particularly on the summit plateau.
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Miller, A. 2004. Lachnocapsa spathulata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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