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Gunnera aequatoriensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA HALORAGALES GUNNERACEAE

Scientific Name: Gunnera aequatoriensis
Species Authority: L.E.Mora

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): León-Yánez, S. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
A terrestrial herb endemic to Andean Ecuador. Classified as Vulnerable, because it is known from three populations and few collections. E. Asplund made the type collection between Nono and Nanegal in 1955. The paratypes were collected in 1955 in Salvador, close to San Juan, and in 1939, in San Jacinto de la Unión. Additional collections probably await among the many unidentified Gunnera specimens in Ecuadorian herbaria, but identification is hampered because no specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorean museums. The genus is characteristic of secondary vegetation. Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Altitude of 2,000–2,500 m.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: León-Yánez, S. & Pitman, N. 2004. Gunnera aequatoriensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 October 2014.
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