Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Romulea quartzicola J.C.Manning & Goldblatt
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
IRIDACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D2
Assessment Date
2012/11/12
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
A rare, localized habitat specialist known from a single location where it is potentially threatened by habitat loss to mining.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Knersvlakte.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Knersvlakte Quartz Vygieveld
Description
Gentle south to southwest-facing quartzite slopes.
Threats
Potentially threatened by habitat loss to mining. The only known subpopulation occurs within a few hundred meters of a disused mine. Recent, renewed interest in mining on the Knersvlakte has already put a number of localized endemics under threat.
Population

This species is restricted to a highly specialized quartz-patch habitat, and although common within suitable habitat, subpopulations do not extend over a large area. It is currently known from a number of small clumps scattered over a single farm (Manning et al. 2011).


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Romulea quartzicola J.C.Manning & GoldblattVU D22013.1
Bibliography

Manning, J.C., Goldblatt, P. and Harrower, A.D. 2011. Romulea pilosa and R. quartzicola (Iridaceae: Crocoideae), two new species from the southern African winter rainfall region, with nomenclatural corrections including new names for R. amoena, R. neglecta and R. rosea var. reflexa. Bothalia 41(2):269-276.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2012. Romulea quartzicola J.C.Manning & Goldblatt. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2021/09/23

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