Acmella leucantha 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Asterales Asteraceae

Scientific Name: Acmella leucantha (Kunth) R.K. Jansen

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A4c; D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
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Assessor(s): Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A terrestrial herb endemic to Ecuador, where it is found in Andean forests, dry vegetation in inter-Andean valleys and on the coast. Recorded in three Andean locales and one subpopulation on the Isla Puná. The Andean subpopulations are in Alausi and Huigra, in the Río Chanchán canyon, and in Guaranda. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network, but may occur in similar habitats in the Parque Nacional Machalilla. The principal threat for the Isla Puná subpopulations is deforestation. No specimens of this species are housed in Ecuadorian museums. Habitat destruction is the only known threat to the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Recorded in three Andean locales and one subpopulation on the Isla Puná, located within the provinces of Bolívar, Chimborazo and Guayas. The Andean populations are in Alausi and Huigra, in the Río Chanchán canyon, and in Guaranda.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:A terrestrial herb of Andean forests, dry vegetation in inter-Andean valleys and the coast (0–2,500 m).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation and habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.9. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane
3. Shrubland -> 3.5. Shrubland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.3. Logging & wood harvesting -> 5.3.5. Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2003. 2003 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 18 November 2003.

Valencia, R., Pitman, N., León-Yánez, S. and Jørgensen, P.M. (eds). 2000. Libro Rojo de las Plantas Endémicas del Ecuador 2000. Publicaciones del Herbario QCA, Ponticicia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito.

Citation: Montúfar, R. & Pitman, N. 2003. Acmella leucantha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T43096A10771469. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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