Red Lists

The 2016 Red List of Magnoliaceae (published 18 March 2016) highlights the startling truth that many species in this treasured plant family are at risk of going extinct. The Red List of Magnoliaceae presents conservation assessments conducted by experts for 304 wild magnolia species from around the world. The assessments have been carried out using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, an internationally recognised and widely used system for classifying species at risk of extinction.
2016 Red List of Magnoliaceae
A quarter of the world's rhododendrons are threatened with extinction in the wild. The Rhododendron Red List, published jointly by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI),Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, in June 2011 identifies 317 rhododendrons as being in danger of extinction, out of a global total of 1157 taxa evaluated. The members of the IUCN/SSC Global Tree Specialist Group, for which BGCI provides the Secretariat, and rhododendron experts around the world contributed much of the information for this Red List report.

2011 Rhododendron Red List

The Red List of Theaceae, the tea family which includes Camellia, was published in December 2017 and identified that a third of the world’s Theaceae species are threatened with extinction. The report assessed 254 Theaceae species and identified 85 as threatened with extinction. The report also identified two species as Extinct in the Wild, the Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha) and Camellia amplexicaulis, highlighting the urgent need for conservation action. Nearly a half of the species in the Camellia genus are at risk of extinction in the wild. Tea itself (Camellia sinensis) is assessed as Data Deficient, due to a lack of available information on the species’ wild population, despite its global cultivation. The centre of diversity for Theaceae is East Asia, with the largest number of species found in China and Viet Nam.

The Red List of Theaceae includes a survey of ex situ collections. It revealed that 51% of threatened species are held in a collection, an impressive figure but not yet robust enough to meet the Global Strategy for Conservation which recommends 51% . Less than five ex situ collections hold the majority of these species – a number which needs significant boosting to ensure genetic diversity for reintroduction of species to the wild.

2017 Red List of Theaceae (including Camellia)