Polylepis microphylla 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Rosales Rosaceae

Scientific Name: Polylepis microphylla
Species Authority: (Wedd.) Bitter
Polylepis microphylla var. polyarthrotricha Bitter

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Romoleroux, K. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A shrub or tree endemic to Andean Ecuador, where it is known from a single population in southeastern Chimborazo province. The population is rather small, but access is difficult, which may minimize threats. Not known to occur inside Ecuador’s protected areas network. P. microphylla has been reported for Peru, but the identifications are not confirmed. The species remains in the Vulnerable category proposed by Oldfield et al. (1998). Apart from habitat destruction, no specific threats are known.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1998 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Bolívar Province in the Ecuadorian High Andes.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A cloud forest shrub, growing to 30 cm in height.
Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Romoleroux, K. & Pitman, N. 2004. Polylepis microphylla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T36206A9987050. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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