Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Hesperantha bulbifera Baker
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
IRIDACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Rare
Assessment Date
2017/09/22
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
Hesperantha bulbifera is a widespread, but rare and localized habitat specialist. It is not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga
Range
This species ha a wide, but scattered distribution across the eastern summer rainfall areas, from the Soutpansberg in Limpopo to the Boschberg near Somerset East, Eastern Cape. It has not been recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, but is likely to occur there.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Waterberg Mountain Bushveld, Soutpansberg Summit Sourveld, Karoo Escarpment Grassland, Long Tom Pass Montane Grassland, Escarpment Mesic Thicket, Steenkampsberg Montane Grassland, Northern Escarpment Afromontane Fynbos, Northern Escarpment Quartzite Sourveld, Amathole Montane Grassland, Scarp Forest, Northern Mistbelt Forest, Southern Mistbelt Forest, Northern Afrotemperate Forest
Description
It is localized to ledges on wet cliffs and damp places in the spray of waterfalls.
Threats
There are no severe threats to this species.
Population

This is a rare and very localized habitat specialist. It is possibly overlooked in KwaZulu-Natal and the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, as its habitat is often inaccessible. The population is however not suspected to be declining.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Hesperantha bulbifera BakerLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

Goldblatt, P. 1984. A revision of Hesperantha (Iridaceae) in the winter rainfall area of southern Africa. Journal of South African Botany 50:14-141.


Goldblatt, P. 2003. A synoptic review of the African genus Hesperantha (Iridaceae: Crocoideae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 90(3):390-443.


Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2017. Hesperantha bulbifera Baker. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/10/20

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