Chloris barbata | UAE National Red List of Vascular Plants

Chloris barbata | Sw.
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 has been recorded on sand and in urban gardens in the UAE, as well as from offshore islands (Jongbloed et al. 2003). The species is absent from the Ru'us al-Jibal but is common in the Western Hajar Mountains of the Musandam Peninsula (Feulner 2011). RBG Edinburgh Herbarium holds records from <a href="""">Al Ain</a> (Coll. L. Boulos and Al-Hasan, 1986; Al Ain Hotel garden and adjacent irrigated areas), <a href="""">Khor Fakkan</a> (Coll. L. Boulos and Al-Hasan, 1986; hotel garden near sea shore), <a href="""">Nachali Oasis</a>, Dubai (Coll. R.C. Hardwick, 1979; irrigated area), and <a href="""">Abu Dhabi old town</a> (Coll. R.A. Western, 1982; abandoned camel stables). Plants of the World online (Board of Trustees, RBG Kew 2019) consider the native range of this species to be the tropical and subtropical Old World, from western Africa to East Asia. However other sources disagree; GRIN (2019) consider the origin of the species to be obscure but it to be widely naturalised in the tropics and subtropics. <a href="""">Weeds of Australia </a>consider it to most likely native to Central and South America or perhaps south-east Asia. Norton et al. (2009) considered it to be introduced to Qatar.
Habitats and Ecology
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
Freshwater system
Marine system
Habitat details as listed in assessment
This species has been recorded on sand and in gardens, also in offshore islands (Jongbloed et al. 2003). Norton et al. (2009) found the species to be frequent in cultivated farms, gardens and other irrigated land. MEW (2010) reported the species from ""roadsides, waste and cultivated places.""Chloris barbata is a more robust grass having spreading rhizomes and purplish spikes, which are more bristly than those of C. virgata (Jongbloed et al. 2003).
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Least Concern
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
The distribution of this species in the UAE is uncertain, but it appears to be widespread in anthropogenic habitats and irrigated areas, although absent from the higher parts of the mountains. The origin of the species requires confirmation, but it is so uncertain at the global scale that we include the species in the UAE Red List. The species 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
The species is potentially impacted by grazing and urbanisation, however, the species appears to be prevalent in anthropogenic habitats.
Conservation Measures

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Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Chloris barbata Plantae Tracheophyta Liliopsida Poales Poaceae Chloris