Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Melhania polygama I.Verd.
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
MALVACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Critically Rare
Assessment Date
2018/05/14
Assessor(s)
L. von Staden
Justification
A very rare and poorly known species, last recorded in 1964. It is known from a single location, but it is possibly overlooked in other similar habitat. The only known subpopulation is in a protected area and is not threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal
Range
Umfolozi Game Reserve.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Northern Zululand Sourveld
Description
Grassy hill slopes.
Threats
There are no known threats to the only known subpopulation as it occurs within a protected area. Similar habitat extends outside the reserve, and if the species occurs in these areas, it could potentially be threatened.
Population

A rare and very poorly known species. It has been recorded once, from a single hill in the Umfolozi Game Reserve in 1964. Similar suitable habitat needs to be surveyed, as more subpopulations are likely to exist.


Population trend
Stable
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Melhania polygama I.Verd.Rare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Melhania polygama I.Verd.Indeterminate Hilton-Taylor (1996)
Bibliography

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


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.


Verdoorn, I.C. 1981. Revision of Melhania in southern Africa. Bothalia 13(3&4):263-273.


Citation
von Staden, L. 2018. Melhania polygama I.Verd. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2020/10/25

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