Andrachne telephioides | UAE National Red List of Vascular Plants

Andrachne telephioides | L.
Countries in Assessment
United Arab Emirates
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Scope (Assessment)
Taxonomic Group
Taxonomic Group Level 2
Flowering Plants
Assessed taxon level
Taxon distribution as listed in assessment
This species was considered widespread throughout the Hajar Mountains in the UAE (Jongbloed et al. 2003), however this wide distribution may be exaggerated, resulting from confusion with A. aspera. The species has been recorded from the Ru'us al-Jibal (Feulner 2011) and M. Tsaliki (pers. comm. 2019) records the species from several localities (Huwaylat, Jebal Sahab (olive wadi, Wadi Sfai), Wadi Maidaq and Wadi Naqab) within R'as al Khaimah Emirate from 210 to 983 m asl. However, all records from the Wadi Wurayah National Park refer to A. aspera, which is more common in the Hajar Mountains than A. telephioides (Feulner 2016). G.R. Feulner (pers. comm. 2019) has rarely recorded A. telephioides with certainty. Globally, the native range of this species spans from Cape Verde across the Mediterranean and northeast tropical Africa to 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 herb species is known to grow in silt between rocks in wadis and on hillsides and hill tops (Jongbloed et al. 2003, Mahmoud et al. 2018, M. Tsaliki pers. comm. 2019). It has a woody base, can reach up to 0.3 m in height, has smooth oval leaves, smooth capsular fruit and cream coloured flowers which can be seen between February and May (Jongbloed et al. 2003).
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Data Deficient
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
Within the UAE, this species is considered widespread but rare in the Hajar Mountains and the Ru'us al-Jibal, but this requires confirmation as a result of actual and potential confusion with the more common A. aspera. There are no detailed data on population size or trend. Whilst it was assessed as Least Concern according to the draft UAE Red Data Book (MEW 2010), we consider it to be Data Deficient, with further survey work required to confirm its distribution and population size.
About the assessment
Assessment year
Assessors/contributors/reviewers listed
UAE National Red List Workshop
Affliation of assessor(s)/contributors/reviewers listed on assessment
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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

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Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Andrachne telephioides Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Malpighiales Phyllanthaceae Andrachne