The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 12

Q: Genlisea: Conservation status

The conservation status of this genus seems fairly safe for most species since the plants grow in habitats that are relatively remote from significant human activity. Tepuis and interesting dome-like mountains called inselbergs are relatively difficult to access, but humans love to climb them because of their inviting shapes. In time I expect to start hearing about delicate carnivorous plant inselberg habitats being damaged by rock climbing and related activities.

Many of the species have extremely small ranges, and any species with a small range is automatically at elevated risk--even a little damage can imperil the entire population.

Human activities such as ranching, mining, diverting water flows, changing fire regimes, and of course climate change are likely to have impact on the plant populations in the future.

Page citations: Barthlott, W., et al. 1998; Barthlott, W. et al. 2007; Fleischmann, A. 2012; Taylor, P. 1991a.

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Revised: 2018
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