Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Scrophulariales Acanthaceae

Scientific Name: Hygrophila gracillima
Species Authority: (Schinz) Burkill

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Craven, P.
Reviewer(s): Victor, J.E. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Southern African Plants Red List Authority)
Hygrophila gracillima is assessed as Least Concern. The RAMAS® Red List version 2.0 software package was used to make this assessment. This shrubby water plant is known from 6–12 subpopulations with extent of occurrence estimated at < 10,000 km². Current population trend is not known, but it is suspected to be slowly declining due to declining habitat quality. The species is not considered threatened at present, but if the population is declining, this should be monitored.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Occurs in northern Namibia and possibly also in Angola.
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Population [top]

Population: Six subpopulations, appears to be reasonably common.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found on the margins of calcrete pans, omurambas, ephemeral river beds, turf pans and on red sand plains.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Pans drying up and over-use of water resouirces may be a threat; increased livestock farming possibly causes decline in habitat quality; threats unconfirmed.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in Etosha National Park and tKhaudom Game Reserve.

Citation: Craven, P. 2004. Hygrophila gracillima. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T46847A11085649. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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