Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Ruschia densiflora L.Bolus
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
AIZOACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Endangered B1ab(ii,iii,v)
Assessment Date
2008/03/12
Assessor(s)
N.A. Helme, C. Klak & D. Raimondo
Justification
EOO <100 km², two of three known locations are now locally extinct due to habitat loss to potato cultivation. The number of mature individuals at one remaining location in a road verge near Clanwilliam is declining due to habitat degradation as a result of fragmentation.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Range
Lambert's Bay to Clanwilliam.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Graafwater Sandstone Fynbos, Leipoldtville Sand Fynbos
Description
Acid sand fynbos in sandveld.
Threats
Threatened by ongoing habitat loss and fragmentation as a result of rapidly expanding potato and rooibos tea cultivation, as well as heavy grazing due to overstocking of small remaining fragments of natural vegetation.
Population
Population trend
Decreasing
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Ruschia densiflora L.BolusCR B1ab(ii,iii,v)Raimondo et al. (2009)
Bibliography

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.


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.


Citation
Helme, N.A., Klak, C. & Raimondo, D. 2008. Ruschia densiflora L.Bolus. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2021/09/26

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