Marcetella maderensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Rosales Rosaceae

Scientific Name: Marcetella maderensis (Bornm.) Svent.
Bencomia maderensis Bornm.
Sanguisorba maderensis (Bornm.) Nordborg
Taxonomic Source(s): Euro+Med. 2016. Euro+Med PlantBase. Berlin-Dahlem Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-03-30
Assessor(s): Carvalho, J.A.
Reviewer(s): Fernandes, F. & Bilz, M.
Marcetella maderensis is endemic to Madeira with a total population of only 250 mature individuals which qualifies it as Endangered. It is furthermore affected by threats such as urbanisation and competition with native species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Madeira Island, Portugal.
Countries occurrence:
Portugal (Madeira)
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):700
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Population [top]

Population:The total population has been estimated in only reaching 250 mature individuals with a stable to slightly increasing trend (Commission of the European Communities 2009).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Number of mature individuals:250
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It grows on inland cliffs up to 700 m asl (Jardim et al. 2006) and can be found in the Habitats Directive listed habitat 5330 "Thermo-Mediterranean and pre-desert scrub" (Commission of the European Communities 2009).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat is urbanisation. This species also suffers from competition with native species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Marcetella maderensis is listed on Annex II of the Habitats Directive and under Appendix I of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention).

Classifications [top]

3. Shrubland -> 3.8. Shrubland - Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation
0. Root -> 6. Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks)

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
  Included in international legislation:Yes
1. Residential & commercial development -> 1.1. Housing & urban areas
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

Bibliography [top]

Commission of the European Communities. 2009. Composite Report on the Conservation Status of Habitat Types and Species as required under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive. Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament. Brussels.

IUCN. 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2011.1). Available at: (Accessed: 30 June 2017).

Jardim, R., Fernandes, F.M. and Carvalho, J.A. 2006. Flora Vascular. In: B.F. Faria (ed.), Fauna e Flora da Madeira. Espécies Endémicas Ameaçadas: Vertebrados e Flora Vascular, Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais, Governo Regional da Madeira.

Citation: Carvalho, J.A. 2011. Marcetella maderensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T162244A5563495. . Downloaded on 23 October 2017.
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