Species Profile

Maleberry

Scientific Name: Lyonia ligustrina
Taxonomy Group: Vascular Plants
COSEWIC Range: Nova Scotia
COSEWIC Assessment Date and Status Change: November 2020
COSEWIC Status: Endangered
COSEWIC Status Criteria: D1
COSEWIC Reason for Designation: This colonial deciduous shrub is part of a disjunct assemblage of Atlantic Coastal Plain flora. It is known from a single lakeshore site in a protected area in southern Nova Scotia separated by more than 245 km from the next nearest site across the Gulf of Maine. The Canadian population appears stable, but its very small size (approx. 33 mature individuals) and extremely local distribution (612 m2) place it at risk. Although immediate threats are low, this population faces potential threats from off-road vehicle activity and invasive Glossy Buckthorn.
COSEWIC History of Status Designation: Designated Endangered in November 2020.
SARA Status: No schedule, No Status
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Individuals of this species may be protected under Schedule 1 under another name; for more information see Schedule 1, the A-Z Species List, or if applicable, the Related Species table below.

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PLEASE NOTE: Not all COSEWIC reports are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. Other COSEWIC reports not yet available may include those species assessed as Extinct, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. In the meantime, they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.

4 record(s) found.

COSEWIC Status Reports

  • COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Maleberry Lyonia ligustrina in Canada (2021-10-12)

    Maleberry is a broad-leaved, deciduous shrub with multiple erect woody stems coming from branching rhizomes and reaching a height of 4 m. Leaves are 2-9 cm long, oval and generally pointed at both ends, with smooth or slightly toothed margins. The small, vase-shaped flowers are in elongate inflorescences in which individual flowers are on short stalks at the tips of the previous year’s stems. Fertilized flowers develop into globe-shaped, woody capsules of 2-4 mm that split open along five sutures and remain on the shrub through the following growing season. Note: This COSEWIC assessment was received by the Minister on October 12, 2021.

Response Statements

  • Response Statement - Maleberry (2022-01-10)

    This colonial deciduous shrub is part of a disjunct assemblage of Atlantic Coastal Plain flora. It is known from a single lakeshore site in a protected area in southern Nova Scotia separated by more than 245 km from the next nearest site across the Gulf of Maine. The Canadian population appears stable, but its very small size (approx. 33 mature individuals) and extremely local distribution (612 m2) place it at risk. Although immediate threats are low, this population faces potential threats from off-road vehicle activity and invasive Glossy Buckthorn.

COSEWIC Annual Reports

  • COSEWIC Annual Report 2020 to 2021 (2021-10-12)

    Over the past year COSEWIC assessed a total of 66 wildlife species, of which 4 were assigned a status of Not at Risk. Of these 66, COSEWIC re-examined the status of 41 wildlife species; of these, 80% were reassessed at the same or lower level of risk. To date and with the submission of this report, COSEWIC’s assessments now include 826 wildlife species in various risk categories including 369 Endangered, 196 Threatened, 239 Special Concern, and 22 Extirpated (i.e. no longer found in the wild in Canada). In addition, 19 wildlife species have been assessed as Extinct, 62 wildlife species have been designated as Data Deficient, and 202 have been assessed as Not at Risk.

Consultation Documents

  • Consultation on Amending the List of Species under the Species at Risk Act: Terrestrial Species January 2022 (2022-01-10)

    The Government of Canada is committed to preventing the disappearance of wildlife species at risk from our lands. As part of its strategy for realizing that commitment, on June 5, 2003, the Government of Canada proclaimed the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Attached to the Act is Schedule 1, the list of the species provided for under SARA, also called the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. Extirpated, Endangered and Threatened species on Schedule 1 benefit from the protection afforded by the prohibitions and from recovery planning requirements under SARA. Special Concern species benefit from its management planning requirements. Schedule 1 has grown from the original 233 to 640 wildlife species at risk. Please submit your comments by May 10, 2022, for terrestrial species undergoing normal consultations and by October 10, 2022, for terrestrial species undergoing extended consultations. For a description of the consultation paths these species will undergo, please visit the Species at Risk (SAR) Public Registry website at: The Minister of the Environment's Response to Species at Risk Assessments.
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