Monitoring endemic plant extinction in Veracruz, Mexico


We present species extinction information based directly on ®eld work on six endemic vascular plants of Veracruz. Amongst 22 species that have been reported to consist of very few individuals for the State, seven of them are endemic to Veracruz. We looked for six of these species in previously
recorded sites to determine if they are totally extinct. We determined the status of the extant species and their actual habitat and populations. The species studied included: Antirhea aromatica, Diospyros riojae, Eugenia mozomboensis, Impatiens mexicana, Hyperbaena jalcomulcensis and Zamia inermis. We located these in fragments of tropical and dry forests. Juvenile plants of the Zamia and Eugenia were not seen in the field.