Hibiscus malacophyllus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hibiscus malacophyllus
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)
Rare, with a very limited area of occupancy.

Geographic Range [top]

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

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Drought-deciduous woodland and succulent shrubland on limestone. Altitude of 100–600 m.

Distinguished by its dense indumentum small of stellate hairs and the complete absence of the large three- to five-armed irritant hairs which are an unpleasant characteristic of the other shrubby or arborescent species of Hibiscus on Soqotra. It seems on the basis of recent collections that H. malacophyllus is a plant with a rather narrow distribution in the north of the island from the Muqadrihon Pass to Ras Heybak.
Systems: Terrestrial

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