|Scientific Name:||Curcuma rhabdota|
|Species Authority:||Sirirugsa & M.F.Newman|
|Taxonomic Notes:||This is an easily recognizable taxon without much confusion. But it may hybridize in the wild with other species from Curcuma subgenus Hitcheniopsis when growing sympatrically.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Vulnerable B2ab(iii,v) ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Leong-Skornickova, J., Tran, H.D., Newman, M., Lamxay, V. & Bouamanivong, S.|
|Reviewer(s):||Hilton-Taylor, C. & Bilz, M.|
The area of occupancy for this species is certainly less than 500 km², but it is known from more than five locations (but fewer than ten) and there is continuing decline in the population due to habitat degradation and over-exploitation by flower collectors. From the amounts seen for sale on the markets, it appears that this species is heavily exploited at present, but it is difficult to determine the population reduction. The species is therefore listed as Vulnerable under criterion B2, but further surveys and monitoring is required as this species could well warrant a higher listing.
|Range Description:||So far known from eastern Thailand (close to the Lao border), Cambodia and southern Lao PDR. The extent of occurrence is estimated at 44,557 km² and the area of occupancy is certainly less than 500 km². It is known from more than five locations but fewer than ten.|
Native:Cambodia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Thailand
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|Population:||Locally common but in decline due to over-collection.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Grows in deciduous and semi-deciduous forest, near streams (Maknoi 2006).|
|Use and Trade:||Sold at markets as an ornamental and exported to various international markets.|
|Major Threat(s):||Habitat degradation through agricultural expansion and over-collection of rhizomes from the wild populations are the two main threats to this species.|
|Conservation Actions:||In Lao PDR it is known to occur in Phou Xiang Thong National Protected Area.|
IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2012.1). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 19 June 2012).
Maknoi, C. 2006. Taxonomy and phylogeny of the Genus Curcuma L. (Zingiberaceae) with particular reference to its occurrence in Thailand. PhD Thesis, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.
|Citation:||Leong-Skornickova, J., Tran, H.D., Newman, M., Lamxay, V. & Bouamanivong, S. 2012. Curcuma rhabdota. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 October 2014.|
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