Scientific Name
Hermbstaedtia capitata Schinz
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Data Deficient - Insufficient Information
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
Hermbstaedtia capitata is a very poorly known species, last recorded in 1955. It may be an aberrant form of the widespread and common H. odorata, but field studies are needed to confirm this.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Its distribution is uncertain. The type was collected from the Waterberg in Limpopo Province, and this taxon may be endemic to a small area between Bela Bela and Mokopane.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Springbokvlakte Thornveld, Central Sandy Bushveld
Its habitat is unknown. It is not described on specimens or in the literature.
This species is too poorly known to infer threats. It could possibly be affected by habitat loss to crop cultivation and overgrazing, but its resilience to disturbance is not known.

H. capitata appears to be an annual form of the widespread and common H. odorata (Meeuse 1961). There have been only a few collections, and no recent observations.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Hermbstaedtia capitata SchinzLeast Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)
Hermbstaedtia capitata SchinzIndeterminate Hilton-Taylor (1996)

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Meeuse, A.D.J. 1961. Notes on the genera Celosia L. and Hermbstaedtia Reichb. (Amaranthaceae) occuring in Southern Africa. Kirkia 2:144-171.

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.

Retief, E. and Herman, P.P.J. 1997. Plants of the northern provinces of South Africa: keys and diagnostic characters. Strelitzia 6. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Townsend, C.C. 1982. A new species of African Celosia and a new conspectus of Hermbstaedtia. Notes on Amaranthaceae: XIV. Kew Bulletin 37(1):82-90.

von Staden, L. 2017. Hermbstaedtia capitata Schinz. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/12/04

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