Galenia crystallina var. maritima

Scientific Name
Galenia crystallina (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Fenzl var. maritima Adamson
Higher Classification
National Status
Status and Criteria
Vulnerable B1ab(iii)
Assessment Date
L. von Staden
EOO 3580 km², an estimated five to 10 locations continue to decline due to ongoing habitat loss and degradation, as well as alien invasive plants.
South African endemic
Provincial distribution
Western Cape
Lambert's Bay to the Cape Peninsula.
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Major habitats
Cape Flats Dune Strandveld, Langebaan Dune Strandveld, Saldanha Flats Strandveld, Lambert's Bay Strandveld
Damp hollows in silt near the sea.
This taxon is threatened by ongoing habitat loss to coastal and industrial development, as well as urban expansion. Some of its habitat is invaded by spreading, unmanaged alien invasive plants, which are likely to outcompete native species.

This taxon is a range-restricted habitat specialist, and is known from only a few records. It is likely to be locally extinct in the southern part of its range due to habitat loss to urban expansion. It is possibly under-sampled further north along the West Coast, and more field surveys are needed to gain a better understanding of the population size and structure. It is known from five disjunct locations, but it is likely that more exist, as there is available suitable habitat in intervening areas.

Population trend
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Galenia crystallina (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Fenzl var. maritima AdamsonThreatened Raimondo et al. (2009)

Adamson, R.S. 1956. The South African species of Aizoaceae. III. Galenia L. Journal of South African Botany 22:87-127.

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.

von Staden, L. 2016. Galenia crystallina (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Fenzl var. maritima Adamson. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2018/03/18

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