Polylepis microphylla 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Rosales Rosaceae

Scientific Name: Polylepis microphylla (Wedd.) Bitter
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
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Romoleroux, K. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
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.
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Geographic Range [top]

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

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

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2004. 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (Accessed: 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. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T36206A9987050. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
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