Scientific Name
Gladiolus mostertiae L.Bolus
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v)
Assessment Date
P. Goldblatt, N.A. Helme, D. Raimondo & L. von Staden
A very rare, highly localized species (EOO 19 km²), known from only four locations and declining due to ongoing loss and degradation of its habitat due to expanding rooibos tea cultivation and overgrazing.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Bokkeveld Escarpment around Nieuwoudtville.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Bokkeveld Sandstone Fynbos
Sandy soils in marshy places that remain moist well into the dry season.
Threatened by ongoing habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation as a result of expansion of rooibos tea cultivation. Known locations are severely affected by overgrazing and trampling by livestock.
Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Gladiolus mostertiae L.BolusVU D22012.1
Gladiolus mostertiae L.BolusVU D2Raimondo et al. (2009)
Gladiolus mostertiae L.BolusVulnerable Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Gladiolus mostertiae L.BolusUncertain Hall et al. (1980)

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 1998. Gladiolus in southern Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg.

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.

Lewis, G.J., Obermeyer, A.A. and Barnard, T.T. 1972. Gladiolus: a revision of the South African species. Journal of South African Botany Supplement 10:1-316. Purnell, Cape Town.

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.

Goldblatt, P., Helme, N.A., Raimondo, D. & von Staden, L. 2012. Gladiolus mostertiae L.Bolus. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/04/14

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