Potentilla rupincola is known from 24 occurrences with a total population size estimated to be near 20,000 individuals. The populations don't seem to be extremely threatened because of the relative inaccessibility of the habitat.
Exotic species invasions are considered to be the primary threat to the species at this time (Rondeau et al. 2011). Other threats include residential and commercial development, secondary impacts of grazing, right-of-way management, off-road vehicle use a
There are 24 principal occurrences documented in the Colorado Natural Heritage Program database. Seven of the 24 occurrences have not been observed in over 20 years (as of 2006). The USFS Conservation Assessment documents 23 occurrences (Anderson 2004).
On USFS Sensitive Species list
Further species inventory work is among the top priorities for research on Potentilla rupincola. Very little is known about the population ecology of Potentilla rupincola. Baseline population size data are available for many occurrences but there are no monitoring data with which to determine the population trend. Basic life history parameters need to be determined from which the viability of occurrences can be inferred. Understanding the genetic structure and demographics of Potentilla rupincola are among the top research priorities for this species. Demographic research will have great value for management and conservation purposes. Understanding the breeding systems employed by Potentilla rupincola is another research priority for this species due to the practical and scientific value of such studies.
Seed collection and storage.
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