Scientific Name
Afroaster laevigatus (Sond.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt
Higher Classification
Aster laevigatus (Sond.) Kuntze, Diplopappus laevigatus Sond.
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v)
Assessment Date
L. von Staden & W. Berrington
A highly localized species (EOO 10 km²), known from two locations and declining due to ongoing habitat degradation as well as competition from alien invasive plants.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape
Van Stadens Mountain.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Kouga Sandstone Fynbos
Grassy montane fynbos on sandstone slopes.
This species has lost much of its habitat to timber plantations in the past. Plantations are no longer expanding. Remaining habitat however continues to be degraded by spreading, unmanaged alien invasive plants. It is also likely to have been impacted by road construction and infrastructure development around radio masts and cellular towers in the past.

A very rare and seldom recorded species, it appears to flower only in response to fire (W. Berrington pers. obs.). It is extremely abundant after fires, with subpopulations consisting of thousands of plants. Two subpopulations have been recently recorded on the Van Stadens Mountains, one a small subpopulation in a road verge in plantations, the second a large subpopulation in Lady's Slipper Nature Reserve on the summit of the Van Staden's Mountains.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Afroaster laevigatus (Sond.) J.C.Manning & GoldblattEN B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v)2017.1
Afroaster laevigatus (Sond.) J.C.Manning & GoldblattVU D22014.1
Aster laevigatus (Sond.) KuntzeVU D2Raimondo et al. (2009)
Aster laevigatus (Sond.) KuntzeVU D2Victor (2002)
Aster laevigatus (Sond.) KuntzeIndeterminate Hilton-Taylor (1996)

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.

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

Lippert, W. 1973. Revision der gattung Aster in Afrika. Mitteilungen der Botanischen Staatssammlung München 11:153-258.

Manning, J.C. and Goldblatt, P. 2012. Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region 1: The Core Cape Flora. Strelitzia 29. South African National Biodiversity 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.

Victor, J.E. 2002. South Africa. In: J.S. Golding (ed), Southern African plant Red Data Lists. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 14 (pp. 93-120), SABONET, Pretoria.

Victor, J.E. and Dold, A.P. 2003. Threatened plants of the Albany Centre of Floristic Endemism, South Africa. South African Journal of Science 99:437-446.

von Staden, L. & Berrington, W. 2016. Afroaster laevigatus (Sond.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/07/09

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