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Ephedra brevifoliata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA GNETOPSIDA EPHEDRALES EPHEDRACEAE

Scientific Name: Ephedra brevifoliata
Species Authority: Ghahr.
Taxonomic Notes: Published in the Bulletin du Jardin botanique national de Belgique 44: 23, 1974.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-09-17
Assessor(s): Bachman, S.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Lutz, M.L.
Justification:
Only known from the type specimen collected in 1963. Exact location cannot be determined. Further surveys in the region of the type location are encouraged to determine whether this species is still extant. Due to unknown provenance and insufficient information this species is rated as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Only known from a single collection in Sistran, Iran.
Countries:
Native:
Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: Population size and trend is not known.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Reported from the type specimen to occur in a dry, sunny place on bare alluvium. Likely to occur in the Registan-North Pakistan sandy desert ecoregion, although the exact location cannot be determined.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The stems of most members of this genus contain the alkaloid ephedrine and are valuable in the treatment of asthma and many other complaints of the respiratory system (Plants for a Future 2010).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures known to be in place. Surveys in the region of the type collection are encouraged to determine whether this species is still extant.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2011.2). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 10 November 2011).

Plants for a Future. 1996-2010. Plants For A Future, Earth, Plants, People. Available at: http://www.pfaf.org/user/plantsearch.aspx.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. 2009. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP). Available at: http://www.kew.org/wcsp/.


Citation: Bachman, S. 2011. Ephedra brevifoliata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
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