Lycium sokotranum


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Lycium sokotranum
Species Authority: Wagner & Vierh.
Taxonomic Notes: Synonyms = Lycium europaeum sensu auct. non L.;
Lycium socotrana.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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)
Common in several vegetation types and under no present or perceived threat.

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: Widespread and often abundant on coastal plains and limestone plateaus. Altitude of sea-level to 800 m.

On Abd al Kuri L. sokotranum is abundant on the central plains. The plants here are much more robust and with longer spines than those on Soqotra. It is an important nursery plant and protect seedlings, such as Dendrosicyos socotranus, from livestock. It is similar to L. depressum and L. arabicum from the Arabian mainland.

Much-branched shrub < 2 m. Branches with short spines, < 1 cm long. Leaves obovate, 0.5–2 x 0.1–0.4 cm. Calyx 0.2–0.3 cm long. Corolla yellow, ca. 1 cm long. Fruit red, 0.5–1 cm diameter.
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Miller, A. 2004. Lycium sokotranum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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