Guatemala has the highest diversity of the Asclepiadaceae in Central
America — a total of 105 native species. CCSD’s Analysis
Unit conducted an exhaustive study of all collections of Asclepiadaceae known
from Guatemala to evaluate the family’s diversity and conservation status
in the country. The purpose of this project was to prioritize species for
conservation based on the degree of threat they face and to assess them using
the IUCN criteria. As a result, 20 species were determined to be Critically
Endangered (CR); 26, Endangered (EN); and the remaining 16, Data Deficient (DD).
The project also modeled the potential distribution of 62 species to find the
centers of diversity of Asclepiadaceae and provide recommendations for the
conservation of the family in Guatemala.
Potential distribution of the 62 most threatened
species of Asclepiadaceae of Guatemala
For more information, contact
Olga Martha Montiel