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Polylepis microphylla

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA MAGNOLIOPSIDA ROSALES ROSACEAE

Scientific Name: Polylepis microphylla
Species Authority: (Wedd.) Bitter
Synonym/s:
Polylepis microphylla var. polyarthrotricha Bitter

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor/s: Romoleroux, K. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer/s: Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
Justification:
A shrub or tree endemic to Andean Ecuador, where it is known from a single population in southeastern Chimborazo province. The population is rather small, but access is difficult, which may minimize threats. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network. P. microphylla has been reported for Peru, but the identifications are not confirmed. The species remains in the Vulnerable category proposed by Oldfield et al. (1998). Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.
History:
1998 Vulnerable (Oldfield et al. 1998)
1998 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Bolívar Province in the Ecuadorian High Andes.
Countries:
Native:
Ecuador
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A cloud forest shrub, growing to 30 cm in height.
Systems: Terrestrial

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 23 November 2004.

Jørgensen, P.M. and Ulloa Ulloa, C. 1994. Seed Plants of the High Andes of Ecuador - a Checklist. Department of Systematic Botany, University of Aarhus, Denmark and Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

Oldfield, S., Lusty, C. and MacKinven, A. (compilers). 1998. The World List of Threatened Trees. World Conservation Press, Cambridge, UK.

Romoleroux, K. 1996. Rosaceae in the High Andes of Ecuador. In: S.P. Churchill et al. (eds) Biodiversity and Conservation of Neotropical Montane Forests, pp.407-413. New York Botanical Garden, New York.

Citation: Romoleroux, K. & Pitman, N. 2004. Polylepis microphylla. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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