Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Myrtales Melastomataceae

Scientific Name: Aciotis asplundii
Species Authority: Wurdack

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Cotton, E. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A herb or subshrub endemic to Ecuador, where it is known from four populations on the eastern slopes of the Andes. The Pastaza collections were recorded near Mera, in the Río Pastaza valley. The Morona-Santiago collection is near Bomboiza, in the Río Zamora valley. Not reported in the last 33 years. Not confirmed to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network, but may be found in the Parque Nacional Sangay. Considered "Rare" by the IUCN in 1997 (Walter and Gillett 1998). Plants are small and inconspicuous, which may discourage collectors. 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 500–1,500 m.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Citation: Cotton, E. & Pitman, N. 2004. Aciotis asplundii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T45660A11005729. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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