Cephaelis peruviana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cephaelis peruviana
Species Authority: Wernham
Taxonomic Notes: R. Govaerts (in World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. Continental Publishing, Deurne (1999)) treats this as an 'Unplaced Name'. In the Flora of Peru it has been treated as a synonym of Psychotria capitata Ruiz & Pav. subsp. capitata. Until it is clear what the correct name for this taxon is, it is left here unchanged.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Jaramillo, T., Cornejo, X. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A shrub endemic to coastal Ecuador, where it is known only from the type. Collected by Ruiz and Pavón between 1799 and 1803 in "Huayaquil". At that time, Guayaquil province spanned 50,000 km² and bordered Esmeraldas province in the north. The species may have been driven extinct by the massive degradation of the area since the type collection. However, there are nomenclatural problems with the species that make a rigorous evaluation impossible. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorean museums.

Geographic Range [top]

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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Jaramillo, T., Cornejo, X. & Pitman, N. 2004. Cephaelis peruviana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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