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Ephedra dahurica

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
PLANTAE TRACHEOPHYTA GNETOPSIDA EPHEDRALES EPHEDRACEAE

Scientific Name: Ephedra dahurica
Species Authority: Turcz.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-09-17
Assessor(s): Bell, A. & Bachman, S.
Reviewer(s): Hilton-Taylor, C. & Lutz, M.L.
Justification:
E. dahurica is more restricted in range than other Central Asian species of Ephedra. Further monitoring is required to establish the status of the population as there are few known collections.There are no apparent major threats in the region so a rating of Least Concern is given.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Distributed across Mongolia and southern Siberia including Tuva, Buryatia and Chita provinces in the Russian Federation.
Countries:
Native:
Mongolia; Russian Federation (Buryatiya, Chita, Irkutsk, Tuva)
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Population [top]

Population: Very rare on the west coast of Lake Baikal, more common in the south of Buryatia (Peschkova 2005).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A shrub, found in the mountain steppes, the foot of slopes, rocky screes, among the thickets of elm and on the tops of hills (Peschkova 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

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): No major threats are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Known to be represented in one botanic garden, but no collections are known to have been made for ex situ conservation purposes. It is only known from a small number of collections with imprecise location information so it is not certain whether populations occur within protected areas.

Citation: Bell, A. & Bachman, S. 2011. Ephedra dahurica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
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