Acridocarpus alopecurus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Acridocarpus alopecurus
Species Authority: Sprague
Infra-specific Taxa Assessed:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-04-24
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC East African Plants Red List Authority
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C.
Contributor(s): Bangirinama, F., Beentje, H.J., Bujo, F., Gereau, R., Kabuye, C., Kalema, J., Kelbessa, E., Kimeu, J.M., Luke, Q., Malombe, I., Manoko, L.M., Maunder, M., Minani, V., Mwachala, G., Mwangoka, M., Ndangalasi, H. & Sado, H.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Rodrigues, A.
This species is listed as Least Concern as even though there is a threat from habitat conversion for agriculture along the coast, this species is has a very wide distribution that buffers the effects of this threat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Coastal Kenya and Tanzania including Pemba Island and Selous Game Reserve and the Nguru Mountains, Tanzania.  This species is listed as occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo although the African Plants database does not accept this location.  Last collected in 1992.


Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: There are no population estimates available for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Woody climber reaching 4m.  Found in dry evergreen forest, riverine forest margins and open habitat.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There seem to be few threats to this species curretnly although on Pemba island there is little natural vegetation left and this climbing species is likely to have been cleared due to the conversion of habitat for plantations on the island.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in Witu Forest Reserve, Mwalugange Forest Reserve; Shimba Hills National Reserve, Gongoni Forest Reserve, Mrima Forest Reserve, Selous Game Reserve; Kwani Forest Reserve, Zaraninge Forest Reserve, Mabundi Mtwange Forest Reserve, Pugu Forest Reserve, Ruvu South Forest Reserve, Kaya Ribe, Kaya Lunguma, Kaya Jibara and Kimboza Forest Reserve.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.2). Available at: (Accessed: 13 November 2013).

Citation: IUCN SSC East African Plants Red List Authority 2013. Acridocarpus alopecurus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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