Taxonomy
Scientific Name
Pelargonium tongaense Vorster
Higher Classification
Dicotyledons
Family
GERANIACEAE
National Status
Status and Criteria
Rare
Assessment Date
2007/05/15
Assessor(s)
C.R. Scott-Shaw & L. von Staden
Justification
A habitat specialist (EOO 2000 km²), known from six subpopulations. Although the habitat of this species is being degraded by subsistence farming, this species is still locally common so it is not considered threatened.
Distribution
Endemism
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
KwaZulu-Natal
Range
Tongaland.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Terrestrial
Major habitats
Forest, Savanna
Description
Dense, shady woodland in Sand Forest.
Threats
Although the habitat of this species is being degraded by subsistence farming, this species is still so common locally that it cannot be considered as threatened with extinction at present (C.R. Scott-Shaw pers. comm. 2007).
Population

Ubiquitous, almost weedy, across its very small range. Occurs continuously across all habitat types, to such an extent that it is completely impossible to define subpopulations (C.R. Scott-Shaw pers. comm.).


Population trend
Stable
Conservation
Protected in Tembe Elephant Park and Ndumo Game Reserve.
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Pelargonium tongaense VorsterRare Raimondo et al. (2009)
Pelargonium tongaense VorsterVU Scott-Shaw (1999)
Pelargonium tongaense VorsterRare 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.


Scott-Shaw, C.R. 1999. Rare and threatened plants of KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring regions. KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service, Pietermaritzburg.


Vorster, P.J. and van der Walt, J.J.A. 1983. Two new species of Pelargonium L'Herit. (Geraniaceae) from South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 2(1):76-81.


Citation
Scott-Shaw, C.R. & von Staden, L. 2007. Pelargonium tongaense Vorster. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2020.1. Accessed on 2021/09/26

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