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Allium calamarophilon

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA LILIOPSIDA LILIALES ALLIACEAE

Scientific Name: Allium calamarophilon
Species Authority: Phitos & Tzanoukadis

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Latroú, G.
Reviewer(s): Strahm, W. & de Montmollin, B. (Mediterranean Island Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
This species has been classified as DD (Data Deficient) according to the IUCN Red List Criteria, meaning that there is inadequate information to make a direct or indirect conservation assessment. Despite being classified as DD, it must be noted that this species is still of very high conservation concern, and could well be Critically Endangered. The species has not been seen since its first description in 1981 and more data is needed to evaluate its status properly. The inaccessibility of its natural habitat has meant that little is known about its true population size and distribution and there is no data available to assess population stability.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This plant is an endemic to Greek islands, specifically to the island of Euboea (or Evia), one of the largest islands in the Aegean Sea. The only known population was found in the centre of the island north-east of the small town of Kimi, in 1981.
Countries:
Native:
Greece (East Aegean Is.)
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Population [top]

Population: The only known population, comprises just a few individuals. But the inaccessibility of its natural habitat has meant that little is known about its true population size and distribution.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A geophyte that grows at an altitude of 20-30 m on limestone cliffs that rise almost vertically from the sea.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): One potential threat to this species is a recent plan to build an access road near the seashore. This illustrates the great importance of undertaking environmental impact assessments before building roads or making other modifications to the environment, as road construction could inadvertently destroy the last remaining habitat of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Actions in Place
Legally: This species is not included in any international conventions or national legislation.

In situ: There are no current measures in places. In fact, no species research or monitoring has taken place since the original postgraduate project in 1981.

Ex situ: A. calamarophilon has been cultivated at the Experimental Botanical Garden of the University of Patras as part of a genetics research project, although due to recent financial constraints the project has stopped and the species is no longer cultivated.

Actions Needed
Monitoring is urgently needed to determine if this species still occurs in the wild. If so, its distribution and conservation status should be assessed and a management plan developed.

Citation: Latroú, G. 2006. Allium calamarophilon. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 July 2014.
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