Acridocarpus alopecurus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Polygalales Malpighiaceae

Scientific Name: Acridocarpus alopecurus
Species Authority: Sprague
Infra-specific Taxa Assessed:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-04-24
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC East African Plants Red List Authority
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C.
Contributor(s): Bangirinama, F., Beentje, H.J., Bujo, F., Gereau, R., Kabuye, C., Kalema, J., Kelbessa, E., Kimeu, J.M., Luke, Q., Malombe, I., Manoko, L.M., Maunder, M., Minani, V., Mwachala, G., Mwangoka, M., Ndangalasi, H. & Sado, H.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Rodrigues, A.
This species is listed as Least Concern as even though there is a threat from habitat conversion for agriculture along the coast, this species is has a very wide distribution that buffers the effects of this threat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Coastal Kenya and Tanzania including Pemba Island and Selous Game Reserve and the Nguru Mountains, Tanzania.  This species is listed as occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo although the African Plants database does not accept this location.  Last collected in 1992.


Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:309.554
Lower elevation limit (metres):20
Upper elevation limit (metres):500
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Population [top]

Population:There are no population estimates available for this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Woody climber reaching 4m.  Found in dry evergreen forest, riverine forest margins and open habitat.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There seem to be few threats to this species curretnly although on Pemba island there is little natural vegetation left and this climbing species is likely to have been cleared due to the conversion of habitat for plantations on the island.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Found in Witu Forest Reserve, Mwalugange Forest Reserve; Shimba Hills National Reserve, Gongoni Forest Reserve, Mrima Forest Reserve, Selous Game Reserve; Kwani Forest Reserve, Zaraninge Forest Reserve, Mabundi Mtwange Forest Reserve, Pugu Forest Reserve, Ruvu South Forest Reserve, Kaya Ribe, Kaya Lunguma, Kaya Jibara and Kimboza Forest Reserve.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.5. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
suitability: Suitable  

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
  Action Recovery plan:No
  Systematic monitoring scheme:No
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:No
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
2. Agriculture & aquaculture -> 2.1. Annual & perennial non-timber crops -> 2.1.3. Agro-industry farming
♦ timing: Ongoing ♦ scope: Minority (<50%) ♦ severity: Unknown ⇒ Impact score: Unknown 

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.2). Available at: (Accessed: 13 November 2013).

Citation: IUCN SSC East African Plants Red List Authority. 2013. Acridocarpus alopecurus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T179571A1582981. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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