Scientific Name
Romulea malaniae Vos
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
A rare, localized and poorly known species. It is known from one location (EOO <10 km²), where it is declining due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Northern slopes of the Waboomsberg north-west of Montagu.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Matjiesfontein Shale Renosterveld
Sandy pockets at the foot of a stony ridge.
The flats at the northern base of the Waboomsberg are extensively cultivated, although agricultural expansion is mostly sporadic. This species is likely to have lost some habitat to crop cultivation in the past. Remaining fragments of natural veld are often overstocked with livestock, and overgrazing is likely to cause ongoing habitat degradation.

A rare, apparently localized species, last recorded in 1971. It occurs in an area that is botanically still relatively poorly explored, and more surveys are urgently needed to confirm the size and extent of the population.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Romulea malaniae VosCR B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)2017.1
Romulea malaniae VosVU D2Raimondo et al. (2009)
Romulea malaniae VosIndeterminate Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Romulea malaniae VosUncertain Hall et al. (1980)

De Vos, M.P. 1972. The genus Romulea in South Africa. Journal of South African Botany Supplement 9:1-307.

De Vos, M.P. 1983. Syringodea, Romulea. In: O.A. Leistner (ed). Flora of Southern Africa 7 Iridaceae, Part 2 Ixioideae, Fascicle 2:1-73. Botanical Research Institute, Pretoria.

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.

Manning, J., Goldblatt, P. and Snijman, D. 2002. The color encyclopedia of Cape bulbs. Timber Press, Portland/Cambridge.

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.

von Staden, L. 2015. Romulea malaniae Vos. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/07/03

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