Aizoon canariense | UAE National Red List of Vascular Plants

Aizoon canariense | L.
Countries in Assessment
United Arab Emirates
Country ISO code(s)
Does the assessment cover a marine EEZ area(s)?
Scope (Assessment)
Taxonomic Group
Taxonomic Group Level 2
Flowering Plants
Assessed taxon level
Taxon distribution as listed in assessment
According to Jongbloed et al. (2003), this is a common and widespread species in the eastern parts of the UAE. However, Brown et al. (2007) also registered it in Taweela (Abu Dhabi Emirate) and for this reason, they suggest that the distribution of this species should be extended further southwest to Abu Dhabi Island. Furthermore, the species is common on the plains at the base of Jebel Hafeet (Brown et al. 2007), and at Al Ain, Dubai and Shwayb (Karim and Dakheel 2006). The species is present in the south-west of the Ru'us al-Jibal, at low elevations (Feulner 2011). This species is globally distributed in Macaronesia, North Africa to Pakistan and South Africa (Board of Trustees, RBG Kew 2018).
Habitats and Ecology
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
Freshwater system
Marine system
Habitat details as listed in assessment
This is an annual or perennial species that flowers from December to June (Karim and Dakheel 2006). It can be found in moist or compact sand and gravel plains or rocky habitats, and also on offshore islands (Jongbloed et al. 2003, MEW 2010).
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Least Concern
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
This species is generally considered to be a common and widespread species within the UAE. Although it is threatened by ongoing coastal development and may be affected by intense grazing further inland, it appears to remain common. It is also known to occur in at least one protected area, within the Wadi Wurayah National Park. Therefore, it is assessed as Least Concern.
About the assessment
Assessment year
Assessors/contributors/reviewers listed
UAE National Red List Workshop
Affliation of assessor(s)/contributors/reviewers listed on assessment
Assessor affiliation specific
Criteria system
Criteria system specifics
IUCN v3.1 + Regional Guidelines v4.0
Criteria system used
Criteria Citation
IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria: Version 3.1, Second edition. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. iv + 32pp pp. And IUCN. 2012. Guidelines for Application of IUCN Red List Criteria at Regional and National Levels: Version 4.0. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN. iii + 41pp.
Endemic to region
Endemism Notes
Is an endemic?: Not_assigned
Threats listed in assessment
Coastal habitats are subject to development, whilst inland areas are prone to intense grazing. For example, the Taweela locality has since been lost due to development (G. Brown pers. comm. 2019).
Conservation Measures

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Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Aizoon canariense Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Aizoaceae Aizoon