Ephedra ochreata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Gnetopsida Ephedrales Ephedraceae

Scientific Name: Ephedra ochreata Miers
Common Name(s):
Spanish Caman, Fruta de Pichi, Solupe

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-09-19
Assessor(s): Bell, A. & Bachman, S.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Lutz, M.L.
The population appears to be stable and abundant within its large range. Recent collections have been made indicating it is still extant. It does not meet any of the thresholds for a threatened category so is therefore rated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to Argentina, occurring from Catamarca province in the north to Santa Cruz province in the south. Recorded from sea level up to 2,100 m.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina (Buenos Aires, Chubut, Mendoza, Neuquén, Rio Negro, San Juan)
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2100
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Population [top]

Population:Population size is not known, but recorded as common and abundant.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:A spreading shrub to 1 m tall Found growing on slopes, in sandy or gravelly soil; often on dunes. Flowers in December.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The stems of most members of this genus contain the alkaloid ephedrine and are valuable in the treatment of asthma and many other complaints of the respiratory system (Plants for a Future 2010).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Although it has a large range it does not appear to be well represented within the protected areas network. There are no known samples collected for ex situ seed banks and there is one known collection within a botanic garden.

Citation: Bell, A. & Bachman, S. 2011. Ephedra ochreata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T201666A9160011. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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