Jatropha nudicaulis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Jatropha nudicaulis
Species Authority: Benth.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Santiana, J., Cerón, C. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A shrub endemic to Ecuador's southern Andes. Discovered in the early nineteenth century and rediscovered 150 years later, in 1982, on a dry, eroded ridge 5–7 km west of Santa Isabel, Azuay province. Although the collector mentions that the species was dominant in the area, there have been no new collections since. Additional populations may occur in the Parque Nacional Cajas. There is a dubious report from a forest in Manabí, which needs confirmation. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorean museums. Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Altitude of 1,000–1,500 m.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Santiana, J., Cerón, C. & Pitman, N. 2004. Jatropha nudicaulis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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