Anabasis setifera | UAE National Red List of Vascular Plants

Anabasis setifera | Moq.
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
Within the UAE, this species has been recorded along the coasts of the UAE (Jongbloed et al. 2003, Karim and Dakheel 2006). It is also reported from offshore islands, including islands of Abu Dhabi (Jongbloed et al. 2003, Sakkir et al. 2017). The native range of this species spans from Egypt through to the Arabian Peninsula and northwest India (Board of Trustees, RBG Kew 2019).
Habitats and Ecology
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
Freshwater system
Marine system
Habitat details as listed in assessment
This perennial species grows as a small shrub and can reach up to 65 cm in height (Jongbloed et al. 2003, Western 1994). It has woody branches, club-like leaves in addition to winged fruit and it produces small brown flowers between August and December (Jongbloed et al. 2003). The plant's characteristic habitats are coastal sand sheets and rocky gulfs, although it is also known to occur in disturbed habitats such as coastal landfills (Jongbloed et al. 2003, Böer and Saenger 2006). Due to its preferred habitat, this plant is considered to be a halophyte (Karim and Dakheel 2006, G.R. Feulner, in lit, MEW 2010). This species can also provide grazing fodder for camels and other animals (Norton et al. 2009).
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Least Concern
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
This species is widespread along the coast of the UAE and is considered to be common. In addition, it is known to be able to utilise disturbed areas. 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
There is no information available.
Conservation Measures

Conservation measures:
Conservation measures notes:
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Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Anabasis setifera Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Caryophyllales Amaranthaceae Anabasis