Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Gladiolus reginae Goldblatt & J.C.Manning
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
IRIDACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered C1
Assessment Date
2013/05/23
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden & W. McCleland
Justification
A localized (EOO 17 km²) species, which is threatened by habitat loss to mining at two of its three known locations. The population numbers less than 200 mature individuals, and is projected to decline by >50% within one generation (10-15 years) due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Limpopo
Range
Sekhukhuneland, Dwarsrivier and Steelpoort River valleys south of Kennedy's Vale.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Sekhukhune Mountain Bushveld
Description
Dry, wooded rocky norite outcrops.
Threats
Threatened by ongoing habitat loss to expanding platinum mining, as well as habitat degradation as a result of overgrazing by livestock (mainly goats), and wood collecting.
Population

Gladiolus reginae is an extremely localized habitat specialist, currently known from two to three subpopulations spread over three adjacent properties. Thus far, fewer than 200 mature individuals have been counted. If planned open-cast mining at two of the three locations is to go ahead, the population will be reduced by more than 50% within the next 10 years/one generation.


Population trend
Decreasing
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Gladiolus reginae Goldblatt & J.C.ManningCR C12014.1
Bibliography

Manning, J.C. and Goldblatt, P. 2009. Three new species of Gladiolus (Iridaceae) from South Africa, a major range extension for G. rubellus and taxonomic notes for the genus in southern and tropical Africa. Bothalia 39(1):37-45.


Citation
von Staden, L. & McCleland, W. 2013. Gladiolus reginae Goldblatt & J.C.Manning. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/04/14

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