Moraea geminifolia

Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Moraea geminifolia Goldblatt & J.C.Manning
Higher Classification
Monocotyledons
Family
IRIDACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D2
Assessment Date
2016/10/27
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
Plants at a single known location is potentially threatened by habitat loss to mining.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Northern Cape
Range
Namaqualand, near Nigramoep.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Namaqualand Shale Shrubland
Description
Hard clay soils on rocky ridge tops.
Threats
The population occurs within a mining site and is potentially threatened by habitat loss, should mining expand.
Population

This species is known from a single location, where it is locally abundant. Available habitat is however extensive, and still relatively poorly explored. It is possible that other subpopulations exist in more inaccessible areas away from roads. It was recently (2013) recollected at a mining site where it was first recorded in 2005.


Population trend
Stable
Bibliography

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2014. Taxonomy of the Moraea saxicola complex (Iridaceae: Iridoideae) of arid, western southern Africa, with the new species, M. acocksii, M. geminifolia, M. quartzicola and M. teretifolia. South African Journal of Botany 91:75-83.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2016. Moraea geminifolia Goldblatt & J.C.Manning. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2017/04/24

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