Centropodia fragilis | UAE National Red List of Vascular Plants

Centropodia fragilis | (Guinet & Sauvage) Cope
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
This species is apparently known from few records in the UAE. Jongbloed et al. (2003) reported it from Sweihan (Al Ain region) and from Bu Hasa to the west in Abu Dhabi Emirate (Brown and Sakkir 2004). Fisher (2007) recorded the species on Ras Al Akhdhar, on Abu Dhabi Island, which is now entirely developed. Globally, the species is found from the western Sahara to the Arabian Peninsula (Mandaville 1990, Board of Trustees, RBG Kew 2019).
Habitats and Ecology
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
Freshwater system
Marine system
Habitat details as listed in assessment
A perennial tussock-forming grass, the species is found primarily on high dunes (Jongbloed et al. 2003, MEW 2010), on deep sands, and even on mobile dunes (Mandaville 1990).Centropodia fragilis is hard to distinguish from C. forskalii, differentiated only by its taller appearance and longer inflorescence (Jongbloed et al. 2003).
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Data Deficient
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
This species is apparently known from few records in the UAE, including Sweihan (Al-Ain region), Bu Hasa to the west in Abu Dhabi Emirate, and from Abu Dhabi Island, which is presumably now lost due to development. This species can be confused with other species in the genus and is probably under-recorded, and perhaps has a much wider distribution in the deserts of western and central Abu Dhabi Emirate, given its occurrence in the eastern parts of Saudi Arabia (Mandaville 1990). Research is required to understand the distribution of this species in the UAE, as well as its population size and trend. At present, it is considered Data Deficient.
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
Grazing by livestock may impact the species in parts of its range, and impacts from coastal development are likely to have been significant.
Conservation Measures

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Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Centropodia fragilis Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Poales Poaceae Centropodia