Rytigynia celastroides (Baill.) Verdc. var. australis Verdc.
|Southern Spiny Coffee-medlar (e)|
Status and Criteria
|H. Matimele, D. Raimondo & J.E. Burrows|
|This species has a highly restricted distribution range in South Africa (national EOO 375 km², AOO <375 km²) and it is known from two locations. It is declining due to habitat destruction and degradation across its range in South Africa and Mozambique. Therefore the national status is not adjusted, following IUCN regional assessment procedures (IUCN 2003).|
|Not endemic to South Africa|
|A Maputaland Centre endemic, occurring from Lake Sibaya, northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to the Licuati Forest Reserve and Maputo Elephant Reserve in Maputo Province, southern Mozambique.|
Habitat and Ecology
|Sand Forest, Tembe Sandy Bushveld, Maputaland Wooded Grassland, Maputaland Coastal Belt|
|A small tree occurring in dry thicket and sand forest, always restricted to sandy substrates.|
|In South Africa this species is declining due to ongoing habitat loss to expanding rural settlements and subsistence agriculture outside protected areas. Very little of its natural habitat remains intact. Within protected areas, overstocking of large herbivores, particularly elephants, is leading to ongoing degradation of forested areas. In Mozambique, its habitat is being rapidly eradicated for charcoal production at Licuati Forest Reserve.|
The species is known from four subpopulations. There are two subpopulations in southern Mozambique at the Licuati Forest Reserve and Maputo Elephant Reserve, and two subpopulations in South Africa, at Tembe Elephant Reserve and Manzengwenya area to Lake Sibaya in South Africa. The population is declining rapidly in Mozambique, as well as outside protected areas in South Africa.
|Matimele, H., Raimondo, D. & Burrows, J.E. 2016. Rytigynia celastroides (Baill.) Verdc. var. australis Verdc. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2020/04/06|