Syringodea saxatilis

Scientific Name
Syringodea saxatilis Vos
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(ii,iii,iv,v)
Assessment Date
J.H. Vlok, R.C. Turner & D. Raimondo
EOO 300 km², AOO <300 km², known from a collection on Ladismith commonage which is declining and currently has fewer than 50 plants, and from a second collection from the foothills of Anysberg in an area that is not threatened. It is likely that quite a few more subpopulations exist as this is a small, cryptic, autumn-flowering species. We suspect that there are between five and 10 locations. Habitat is being lost to crop cultivation, and urban and industrial development.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Montagu Shale Renosterveld, Western Little Karoo
Low rocky hills on shale.
Urban expansion is a threat at the Ladismith location (J. Manning 2005). Other threats occur near the factory, where the species is threatened by development and urban expansion. Western populations towards Anysberg are likely to be safe.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Syringodea saxatilis VosVU B1ab(ii,iii,iv,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Syringodea saxatilis VosInsufficiently Known Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Syringodea saxatilis VosUncertain Hall et al. (1980)

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

Hall, A.V., De Winter, M., De Winter, B. and Van Oosterhout, S.A.M. 1980. Threatened plants of southern Africa. South African National Scienctific Programmes Report 45. CSIR, Pretoria.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

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.

Vlok, J. and Schutte-Vlok, A.L. 2010. Plants of the Klein Karoo. Umdaus Press, Hatfield.

Vlok, J.H., Turner, R.C. & Raimondo, D. 2007. Syringodea saxatilis Vos. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/08/22

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Distribution map

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