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Pinus radiata var. radiata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA PINOPSIDA PINALES PINACEAE

Scientific Name: Pinus radiata var. radiata
Parent Species:
Common Name/s:
English Monterey Pine, Cambria Pine, Insignis Pine, Radiata Pine
Spanish Pino Insigne

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(ii,iii,v)+2ab(ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-04-08
Assessor/s: Farjon, A.
Reviewer/s: Thomas, P. & Stritch, L.
Justification:
The main concern is with the small original subpopulations, which have been severely reduced in the past but are now threatened by other tree species encroaching, while at the same time the taxon is spreading spontaneously from planted trees, often of unknown provenance as to the three subpopulations. The distinction between ‘original’ trees belonging to these subpopulations, and other trees in their vicinity is already blurred in several places. This ultimately amounts to a case not of species conservation (or the var. radiata) but the preservation of genotypes. The introduction of an alien pathogen that severely affects the original subpopulations has caused further dieback and continues to pose a serious threat. This variety meets criterion B for Endangered.
History:
1997 Endangered (Walter and Gillett 1998)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Native stands of the type variety of Monterey Pine are found in three distinct areas of central-coastal California in San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The northernmost stand is east of point Año Nuevo, the central stand 48 km to the south near Monterey and Carmel, and the southernmost stand about 105 km away in the Pico Creek-Cambria area. The north-south range is about 209 km.
Countries:
Native:
United States (California)
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Population [top]

Population: There are three long established and well known original subpopulations of this variety, all close to the coast of California.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Monterey Pine is part of the coastal closed-cone coniferous woodland. This habitat is strongly influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean from which the cold waters of southward-flowing currents result in high humidity, low temperatures, and summer fogs. The pine is seldom found more than 11 km from the sea.

Fire is a major influence affecting the extent and makeup of Monterey Pine stands. Fire is frequent, sometimes of natural causes, often accidental, and sometimes deliberately set. Graziers at Cambria, for example, burned the woods to obtain more grass. At Año Nuevo, frequent fires have helped to maintain the pine forest. Without fire, the taller and longer-lived coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii) would usurp land occupied by pines. Much regeneration and a number of even-aged stands at all three main locations can be traced directly to the influence of fire.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The total area of occupancy (AOO) of Pinus radiata var. radiata has been reduced to about 50% of the ca. 10,000 ha estimated to have been covered by it on the arrival of Europeans in California. The current main, but still minor threat to this variety is forest succession, particularly in the southernmost population. Pinus radiata var. radiata has extended it range there in recent decades, but succession to a forest type that eventually excludes this pine is also taking place in the absence of fire. Urbanization interferes with the natural fire cycles which favour regeneration of P. radiata var. radiata. The (genetic) distinction between natural and semi-natural occurrence is also blurred by plantings in this and other areas. The accidental introduction of pitch canker (Fusarium circinatum [anamorph] Ascomycetes) poses another recent threat. The three remaining native stands of var. radiata are infected and under threat of extinction from this disease, introduced to California in 1986. When trees begin to die of the disease, they attract bark beetles which provide a pathway for infection of other trees. In some stands, 80-90% of trees are infected.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: All three subpopulations are now legally protected. They occur partly in protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

Farjon, A. 2010. Conifer Database (June 2008) In Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2010 Annual Checklist (Bisby F.A., Roskov Y.R., Orrell T.M., Nicolson D., Paglinawan L.E., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., Baillargeon G., eds). Reading, UK. Available at: http://www.catalogueoflife.org/.

Farjon, A. 2010. A Handbook of the World's Conifers. Koninklijke Brill, Leiden.

Griffin, J.R. and Critchfield, W.B. 1972. The distribution of forest trees in California. USDA Forest Service, Research Paper PSW-82 (reprinted with supplement, 1976). Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Berkeley, CA.

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.1). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 12 June 2013).

Lanner, R.M. 1999. Conifers of California. Cachuma Press, Los Olivos, California.

Citation: Farjon, A. 2013. Pinus radiata var. radiata. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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