Scientific Name
Hermannia micropetala Harv.
Higher Classification
Hermannia phaulochroa K.Schum.
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable D2
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
Hermannia micropetala has a restricted range in South Africa, where it is known from four locations. It is potentially threatened by habitat loss and degradation outside protected areas.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
This species occurs in southern Mozambique and the coastal flats of north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Maputaland Pallid Sandy Bushveld, Makatini Clay Thicket, Western Maputaland Clay Bushveld, Western Maputaland Sandy Bushveld
It occurs on sandy patches on coastal flats, and clearings in woodland.
There has been significant expansion of rural settlements and subsistence agriculture within this species' range over the past 20 years, and habitat loss and degradation continues. It is however reported to be somewhat resilient to disturbance, as it has been recorded in cultivated lands. There is also significant ongoing habitat loss and degradation within its habitat in Mozambique.

Hermannia micropetala has a restricted range in South Africa and has been rarely recorded, but specimen notes report it to be locally common in suitable habitat. The population trend is not known, and field surveys are needed to assess the impact of habitat loss and degradation on the population. It is known from four locations in South Africa, but it is likely that more exist.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Hermannia micropetala Harv.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Harvey, W.H. 1859. Sterculiaceae. In: W.H. Harvey and O.W. Sonder (eds). Flora Capensis I (Ranunculaceae-Connaraceae):178-179. Hodges, Smith and Co., Dublin.

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. 1980. Revision of Hermannia subgenus Hermannia in southern Africa. Bothalia 13(1&2):1-63.

Wild, H. 1961. Sterculiaceae. In: A.W. Exell and H. Wild (eds). Flora Zambesiaca 1 (Part 2):517-564. Crown Agents for Oversea Governments and Administrations, London.

von Staden, L. 2018. Hermannia micropetala Harv. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2023/12/08

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