Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Lamiales Boraginaceae

Scientific Name: Myosotis decumbens ssp. rifana
Species Authority: (Maire) Greuter & Burdet
Parent Species:
Myosotis alpestris F.W.Schmidt

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-10
Assessor(s): Rhazi, L., Grillas, P., Rhazi, M. & Flanagan, D.
Reviewer(s): Vela, E., de Bélair G., Ben Saad S. & Cuttelod, A. (IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation)
Myosotis decumbens ssp. rifana is endemic to Morocco and Algeria, but is rather common and there are no major threats. It is considered as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Morocco and Algeria. It is found in the west of the Rif (on the high summits of Gommara, between 1,400 and 2,000 m altitude) in Morocco and in the Grande and Petite Kabylie in Algeria, generally above 800 m. Its extent of occurrence covers over 20,000 km² and it is present at more than 10 sites.
Countries occurrence:
Algeria; Morocco
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 20-500
Lower elevation limit (metres): 800
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2000
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Population [top]

Population: The species is rare in Morocco (present in only six locations in the west of the Rif), but fairly common in Algeria. The trend of the populations is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a perennial herbaceous plant (Hemicryptophyte) that can be found in humid prairies of high altitude, forests, on the edges of streams and on rocks. Flowering occurs during spring and summer.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no existing conservation measures. Research is needed to monitor the existing sites and the size and dynamics of the populations.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.2. Wetlands (inland) - Seasonal/Intermittent/Irregular Rivers/Streams/Creeks
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.11. Wetlands (inland) - Alpine Wetlands (includes temporary waters from snowmelt)
suitability: Suitable  
0. Root -> 6. Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks)
suitability: Suitable  

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

Dobignard, A. and Lambinon, J. in prep. Index synonymique et bibliographique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Available at:

Euro+Med Plantbase. 2006-2010. Euro+Med Plantbase - the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity. Berlin Available at:

Fennane, M., Ibn Tattou, M., Mathez, J., Ouyahya, A. and El Oualidi, J. 1999. Pteridophyta Gymnospermae, Angiospermae (Lauraceae-Neuradaceae), Flore pratique du Maroc: manuel de détermination des plantes vasculaires, Vol. 1. Rabat Institut Scientifique, Rabat.

Greuter, W., Burdet, H.M. and Long, G. (eds). 1989. Med-Checklist. Conservatoire & Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.2). Available at: (Accessed: 29 June 2010).

Citation: Rhazi, L., Grillas, P., Rhazi, M. & Flanagan, D. 2010. Myosotis decumbens ssp. rifana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T164547A5907089. . Downloaded on 06 October 2015.
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