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Piper brachipilum

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA PIPERALES PIPERACEAE

Scientific Name: Piper brachipilum
Species Authority: Yunck.

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. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
Piper brachipilum is endemic to southeastern Ecuador, where it is known from a single 1944 collection. The locale is difficult to access and scarcely collected. Until new subpopulations are recorded, the species is assumed to be endemic to this geologically unique formation and considered Endangered due to a small geographical range. Habitat destruction is the only known threat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to southeastern Ecuador, where it is known from a single 1944 collection on a track ascending the Cordillera de Cutucú (Morona-Santiago province). The locale is difficult to access and scarcely collected. Until new populations are recorded, the species is assumed to be endemic to this geologically unique formation and considered Endangered due to a small geographical range. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorean museums.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A shrub found in lower montane Amazonian forest (900 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network.

Citation: Santiana, J. & Pitman, N. 2004. Piper brachipilum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 December 2014.
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