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Babiana leipoldtii

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Babiana leipoldtii G.J.Lewis
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
IRIDACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v)
Assessment Date
2015/09/21
Assessor(s)
P. Goldblatt, J.C. Manning, D. Raimondo & L. von Staden
Justification
A formerly widespread species that has declined extensively, currently occupying a few small isolated fragments of lowland sand fynbos (EOO 645 km², AOO <25 km²). The severely fragmented population continues to decline due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Hopefield to Klipheuwel and Agter-Paarl.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Swartland Shale Renosterveld, Swartland Silcrete Renosterveld, Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, Atlantis Sand Fynbos, Hopefield Sand Fynbos, Swartland Granite Renosterveld
Description
Seasonally damp loamy soils on sandy flats.
Threats
This species has lost more than 80% of its habitat to urban and agricultural expansion. Remaining subpopulations are mainly threatened by competition from dense, unmanaged infestations of alien invasive plants, which affects four out of five remaining subpopulations. Additional threats include ongoing habitat loss to urban and industrial expansion, overgrazing and inappropriate fire management.
Population

Babiana leipoldtii's population has been fragmented by extensive habitat loss. Currently the largest remaining subpopulation occurs scattered across several fragments of lowland sand fynbos between Malmesbury and Mamre. There are three other remaining subpopulations all confined to small, isolated fynbos remnants between Hopefield and Klipheuwel, and all continue to decline due to ongoing habitat degradation.


Population trend
Decreasing
Citation
Goldblatt, P., Manning, J.C., Raimondo, D. & von Staden, L. 2015. Babiana leipoldtii G.J.Lewis. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/12/06

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