The geographic range, corresponds to its host Nothofagus obliqua, Nothofagus glauca and Nothofagus alpina range of distribution, the Chilean records go from Valparaiso to Los Lagos Regions. Additionally, it is registered in southern Argentina.
Population and Trends
The species occurs in a wide geographical area where Nothofagus host species occur.
Population Trend: Stable
Habitat and Ecology
Cyttaria espinosae is an obligate parasite growing on Nothofagus obliqua, Nothofagus alpina and Nothofagus glauca. Even though it produces galls on branches and trunks of living trees, it does not kill its host. It’s distribution corresponds to the distribution of its hosts.
Even though the species occurs in a variety of Nothofagus-dominated forests, possible future threats include some Nothofagus being targeted for wood extraction, including logging, transformation of native forests into pine plantations and increased fire frequency and intensity (Pino, 2009); currently there are no major threats.
No specific conservation actions are needed with regards this species, there is a need to protect its habitat and host in general.
Resource & habitat protection
Currently there is no specific research needed.
Use and Trade
Cyttaria species are commonly known as Digueñe, currently there is a well established market for its consumption in general which includes Cyttaria espinosae.