Lepismium houlletianum 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Cactaceae

Scientific Name: Lepismium houlletianum (Lem.) Barthlott
Rhipsalis houlletiana Lem.
Taxonomic Source(s): Hunt, D., Taylor, N. and Charles, G. (compilers and editors). 2006. The New Cactus Lexicon. dh Books, Milborne Port, UK.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2010-06-03
Assessor(s): Taylor, N.P., Zappi, D. & Braun, P.
Reviewer(s): Superina, M. & Goettsch, B.K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Hilton-Taylor, C.
Although there is loss of habitat in the northern part of its range, where the species is now largely confined to protected areas, it is still fairly widespread and common in the southern part of its range. Hence, Lepismium houlletianum is listed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is common in southeastern and southern Brazil and northeastern Argentina (Misiones). It has been recorded from central and southeastern Minas Gerais, Brazil.   It occurs from 300 to 1,900 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina (Misiones); Brazil (Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, São Paulo)
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):300
Upper elevation limit (metres):1900
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This is not an abundant species that tends to be more common in the southern parts of its range. In the north the species is rare, and now only known from protected areas.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is a southern humid forest element, it grows as an epiphyte in the Atlantic forest, including mata de neblina (Taylor and Zappi 2004).
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not used or commercialized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The forests in the northern part of its range are being cleared for expanding agriculture (sugar cane) and expanding urban areas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This cactus occurs in a number of protected areas, e.g. Parque Nacional do Caparaó and Parque Estadual do Ibitipoca.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: The species distribution map has been added.

Citation: Taylor, N.P., Zappi, D. & Braun, P. 2017. Lepismium houlletianum (amended version of 2013 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T46521A121502371. . Downloaded on 25 September 2018.
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