Rubus zangezurus: Red Data Book of Armenia

EN B 1 ab(ii) + 2 ab(ii)

Category. Endangered species. Endemic of Armenia. The area of distribution is fragmented. The extent of occurrence is less than 5000 km2, the area of occupancy is less than 500 km2. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention.

Description. Shrub. Leaves compound, of 5 leaflets, from below tomentose–grey, from above with appressed, not numerous hairs. Flower stalks up to 50 cm long, canaliculated–angulate, slightly flexuose at inflorescence. Inflorescence 2–7–flowered, narrowed at top, foliated almost up to top. Petals pink. Fruits black, nitescent, globose, more than 1 cm in diam.

Distribution. In Armenia it occurs in Idjevan (Berd) and Zangezur (Goris, Tsav) floristic regions. EOO is 1260 km2, AOO is 16 km2, the number of locations is 3.

Ecological, biological and phytocoenological peculiarities. Grows in lower and middle mountain belts, at the altitudes of 800–1400 meters above sea level, in the mountain river gorges, forests, at forest edges, in shibliak, stony slopes and screes. Flowering from June to July, fruiting from August to September.

Limiting factors. Restricted extent of occurrence and area of occupancy.

Conservation actions. Grows in the area of "Shikahogh" State Reserve. Necessary: monitoring of the population state.

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