Meriania costata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Meriania costata
Species Authority: Wurdack

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Cotton, E. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A shrub endemic to southeastern Ecuador, where it is known from three collections, all of them on the Loja–Zamora road. Forests along the road have been extensively explored in recent years, so it is surprising that the most recent record of this species is from 1961. Not confirmed in Ecuador's protected areas network, but may occur in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus. In 1997, the IUCN classified the species as "Rare" (Walter and Gillett 1998). 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 2,500–3,000 m.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Cotton, E. & Pitman, N. 2004. Meriania costata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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