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Euphorbia leistneri

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA EUPHORBIALES EUPHORBIACEAE

Scientific Name: Euphorbia leistneri
Species Authority: R.H.Archer

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Loots, S. & Craven, P.
Reviewer(s): Victor, J.E. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Southern African Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
Euphorbia leistneri is assessed as Vulnerable. The RAMAS® Red List version 2.0 software package was used to make this assessment.

This succulent shrub is known from only one population, although there probably is at least one other subpopulation. Extent of occurrence is estimated at 625 km². In 1998, a short search of the location could find no plants outside a small area of 200 m² and local people were unable to point out other localities (Archer 1998). Population size is not known, but is suspected to be < 1,000. Habitat destruction, due to tourism, and collecting are expected to affect this species in future, if they haven't already done so. The development of a hydro-electric scheme along Kunene river in the near future is a potential threat to habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known from one location only, in the vicinity of Epupa falls, Namibia.
Countries:
Native:
Namibia
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Recorded in white calcareous soil (WIND 2002). It grows in shallow soil with very coarse to fine rock particles with little clay or organic material.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Collecting is a potential threat. Habitat destruction due to tourism. The development of hydro-electric scheme along Kunene river in the near future is a potential threat in the form of habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Euphorbia leistneri is included on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Loots, S. & Craven, P. 2004. Euphorbia leistneri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 27 November 2014.
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