Chrozophora plicata | UAE National Red List of Vascular Plants

Chrozophora plicata | (Vahl) A.Juss. ex Spreng.
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 is known from a small number of scattered localities in the northern parts of the country; a roadside in Hatta (Jongbloed et al. 2003), Ras al Khaimah (along the Emirates road, E611, and from a locality south of the E611; M. Tsaliki pers. comm. 2019), from Nad al Shiba (Dubai), and from the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (Gallacher and Hill 2008). This species is likely to have been under-recorded in the UAE, and may have a significantly wider distribution within firm sandy areas. Globally, its range spans across tropical and subtropical Africa, through to the Arabian Peninsula and on to southeastern Asia and Java (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 annual species can grow up to 50 cm in height and is typically covered in distinctive white hairs (Jongbloed et al. 2003). The leaves are round/oval, the fruit is hairy with three lobes (Jongbloed et al. 2003). It grows within firm sand and gravel habitats (Jongbloed et al. 2003).
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Data Deficient
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
This species has been recorded from few confirmed localities within the UAE, but it is likely to be under-recorded and misidentified. As a result, its population status and detailed distribution need confirmation. It is assessed as 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
The species is likely to be impacted by development in the coastal plains, but there is no information on the scope and impact of this. Grazing and trampling from camels is also likely to impact the species.
Conservation Measures

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Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Chrozophora plicata Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Malpighiales Euphorbiaceae Chrozophora