Ephedra kardangensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ephedra kardangensis
Species Authority: P.Sharma & P.L.Uniyal
Taxonomic Notes: This species is named after the place where it was first located, Kardang (District Lahaul) in Himachal Pradesh (Sharma et al. 2010).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-06-02
Assessor/s: Bachman, S.
Reviewer/s: Hilton-Taylor, C. & Lutz, M.L.
This species is restricted to the high elevation ranges of the western Himalayas. It has been collected recently (Sharma #0407, 2007), but very little additional information is known. A rating of Least Concern is given as there are no perceived threats, but further surveys are needed to better understand the status of the population.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ephedra kardangensis is known from the western Himalayas (Himachal Pradesh) in India and Pakistan. Occurs between 3,000 m and 3,300 m.
India (Himachal Pradesh, Jammu-Kashmir); Pakistan
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Population [top]

Population: The population size is not known.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A shrub, found on gentle slopes. Associated with pines in Kardang (District Lahaul) in the northwest Himalayas. Flowering from July to August and producing seeds from August to September (Sharma et al. 2010).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are numerous protected areas across the range of this species. Due to collection locality uncertainty it is not clear whether the species occurs within a natural reserve or any other protected area. No collections are known to have been made for ex situ conservation. Further surveys are needed to help understand the status of the population.
Citation: Bachman, S. 2011. Ephedra kardangensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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