|Scientific Name:||Acalypha rubrinervis Cronk|
Acalypha rubra Roxb. in Beatson non Willd. nec Wight ex Wallich
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Extinct ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Lambdon, P.W. & Ellick, S.|
The Stringwood (Acalypha rubrinervis) was last recorded between 1855 and 1875, as a single individual transplanted to cultivation at Oakbank. The Central Ridge, which extends for less than 10 kilometres, has now been extensively explored and there is little chance of further individuals remaining undetected.
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|Range Description:||Stringwood was formerly endemic to the island of St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean, where probably confined to the Central Ridge.|
Very little is known about the former range of this species. In the 19th Century it was recorded from the Diana’s Peak area, Cason’s and near ‘Round Tower’ (a locality now obscure), though it was undoubtedly already very rare. The named sites suggest a preference for high elevations (700 m and above) on the Central Ridge, but it is possible that it formerly also extended to lower altitudes where almost complete deforestation had already occurred.
Regionally extinct:Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (Saint Helena (main island))
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|Habitat and Ecology:||Stringwood was a monoecious shrub, evidently wind-pollinated, with long male catkins. The solitary female flowers matured into red capsules containing 3 seeds which were moderately large for an Acalypha species and had no obvious means of dispersal, unless by some long-extinct bird species. The few recorded localities appear to have been amongst cloud forest vegetation, dominated by Tree Ferns (Dicksonia arborescens L'Hér) and cabbage trees.|
|Movement patterns:||Not a Migrant|
|Major Threat(s):||Habitat loss undoubtedly played a major part in the species’ extinction. However, fragments of cloud forest, still supporting a rich endemic flora, persist until the present day, and the reason for the uninhibited decline within these stronghold remain unknown.|
|Citation:||Lambdon, P.W. & Ellick, S. 2016. Acalypha rubrinervis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T37854A67371775.Downloaded on 21 January 2018.|
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